Federica Mogherini appoints Enrique Iglesias as Special Adviser for Venezuela
In line with the European Union's firm commitment to contribute to a peaceful and democratic solution to the Venezuelan crisis and as a follow-up to discussions held in the context of the International Contact Group, High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini has appointed Enrique Iglesias as her Special Adviser for Venezuela.
The appointment or Mr Iglesias - a Spanish-Uruguayan economist who is a former secretary-general of the Ibero-American General Secretariat and was also President of the Inter-American Development Bank as well as Foreign Minister of Uruguay - will enable a more sustained and reinforced political and diplomatic engagement on the situation in Venezuela.
Mr. Iglesias will support the work of the EU and of the ICG to help promote a peaceful, democratic solution to the crisis in Venezuela, through free and fair elections. He will provide advice to the High Representative and to the ICG on steps that could be taken to work towards these goals and will also engage in outreach efforts to relevant stakeholders in Venezuela and to international and regional actors.
At the invitation of President Armen Sarkissian, a GLF team visited Yerevan on 12-14 May 2019.
The GLF team was led by Micheline Calmy-Rey, President of the Swiss Confederation 2007 and 2011 and Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs 2003-11 and included Thomas Pickering, US Under-Secretary of State for Political Affairs 1997-2000 and Hervé Ladsous, a senior French diplomat who was United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations 2011 -2017. It was accompanied by GLF Projects Director Amitav Banerji.
During the visit the GLF team met with senior representatives of both the executive and legislative branches of government. Meetings were held with Mr Armen Sarkissian, President of the Republic; Mr Tigran Avinyan, Deputy Prime Minister (in the Prime Minister’s absence on official overseas travel); Mr Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs; Mr Ararat Mirzoyan, President of the National Assembly; and Mr Armen Grigoryan, Secretary of National Security Council.
The team also held discussions with two think-tanks - the Armenian Research and Development Institute (ARDI) and the International Center for Human Development (ICHD) - and visited the TUMO Centre for Creative Technologies. In addition, there was an interactive session with a group of diplomats and other civil servants.
The following is a link to a press release issued by the Office of the President:
GLF Annual Meeting 2019 was held outside Dublin 04-07 April 2019. A total of 125 people participated, including 23 GLF Members and 32 Members of the International Council. Fourteen partner organisations with whom GLF is working also participated.
The programme included plenary discussions titled "Strategic Perspectives on a Changing World" and "Is Social Media Good or Bad for Democracy?"