MSC and WPL host European Defence Roundtable in Malta
On April 25, 2017, the eve of the informal meeting of EU Defence Ministers in Malta, the European Defence Roundtable will bring together around 20 female decision-makers from government, parliaments, and civil society for a frank and open roundtable debate on the state and future of European defence.
The event will take place under the patronage of Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, President of Malta and of the Council of the European Union, and is jointly hosted by the Women Political Leaders Global Forum (WPL) and the Munich Security Conference (MSC). It is part of the MSC European Defence Series.
After opening statements by the President of Malta Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, Founder and President of the WPL Foundation Silvana Koch-Mehrin, and MSC chairman Wolfgang Ischinger, participants will debate the state of European defence cooperation with a particular focus on security challenges in the Mediterranean.
About the Women Political Leaders Global Forum (WPL)
The Women Political Leaders Global Forum (WPL) is the global network of female politicians. The mission of WPL is to increase both the number and the influence of women in political leadership positions.
WPL members are women in political office – Ministers, Members of Parliaments, Mayors. Membership is free and members are honoured by their participation. WPL is an independent, international, post-partisan and not-for-profit foundation based in Reykjavik, Iceland (the world champion of gender equality). Silvana Koch-Mehrin is the Founder and President of the WPL Foundation. To accelerate, women need three things: communication, connection, community. WPL believes that progress happens by convening women political leaders who have the drive and the influence to create positive change.
About the Munich Security Conference (MSC)
The Munich Security Conference (MSC) is the world's leading platform for debates on international security policy. With over 500 official participants and 300 observers assembled at the Hotel Bayerischer Hof, the annual conference provides a unique atmosphere for frank, private and mostly off-the-record exchange on present and future security challenges and solutions. In addition to its annual conference, the MSC Foundation hosts a number of smaller, albeit equally high-profile, events around the world. This includes Core Group Meetings, which have a regional focus, as well as thematic tracks, such as the Cyber Security Series, the Health Security Series and the European Defence Series, with Summits and Roundtables in different cities around the world.