A Conversation with Simon Coveney, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Defence of Ireland

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On September 9th, IPI hosted a Global Leaders Series event featuring H.E. Minister Simon Coveney, T.D., Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Defence of Ireland.

Ireland will serve as President of the UN Security Council in September 2021. This Global Leaders Series event focused on Ireland’s foreign policy commitments to peacekeeping and peacebuilding, which are priorities of its Security Council term. Ireland’s experiences of building peace on the island of Ireland, its 62-year commitment as a UN troop-contributing country, and the experiences of Irish peacekeepers and police serving in transition contexts such as Liberia, Haiti, and Côte D’Ivoire, give the government of Ireland particular insight into these issues. This Global Leaders Series followed a UN Security Council open debate on UN peacekeeping transitions on Wednesday, September 8, 2021, chaired by Minister Coveney.

Minister Coveney currently serves as Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Defence of Ireland. Prior to this appointment, he previously served as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade from November 2017 until June 2020. Minister Coveney has also served as Ireland’s Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (2016-2017), Minister for Defence (2014–2016) and Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (2011–2014). He began his career as an elected member of the Dáil (Irish Parliament) in 1998. He was also elected to the European Parliament (2004–2007) where he served on the Foreign Affairs Committee and Internal Market and Consumer Affairs Committee.

The event was moderated by Ms. Karin Landgren, Executive Director of Security Council Report

Dr. Adam Lupel, Vice President and COO of IPI, provided opening remarks.