On 14 March, Ambassador Cole was invited by the Dutch United National
Students Association to deliver a lecture on small state diplomacy in Utrecht.
In his presentation, Ambassador Cole outlined Malta’s influence in
international affairs particularly the introduction of the concept of the
common heritage of mankind that led to the establishment of UNCLOS and the
notion of climate change as a global concern for the United Nations which
eventually led to international legal instruments of the Kyoto Protocol and the
UNFCCC. The presentation also included historical moments were Malta took
centre stage in global and regional affairs such as the Cold War Summit – Bush & Gorbachev, the two
CHOGM meetings, the Valletta Summit on Migration and the role Malta played
during the Libyan humanitarian crisis. Other subjects touched upon included the
role of Malta’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the role of
Small States in international affairs and multilateral forums.
Other guest speakers included the Ambassador of Maldives to the EU and
Prof Wouter Veenendaal a political scientist at the Leiden University.