Ambassador Cole invited as guest lecturer on Small State Diplomacy

Reference Number:  , Press Release Issue Date: Mar 15, 2017

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.