Ambassador Series with Stephan Klement
- International Organizations are more than ever needed to provide spaces for strategic diplomatic negotiations between different nations to enhance security for the public. This also includes coordinated efforts between like-minded states as seen in the current war in Ukraine or the JCPOA negotiations with the Islamic Republic in Iran.
- Representing the EU and participate in matters of specific EU interest at the United Nations Organisations, related bodies or specialized agencies established in Vienna, in particular UNODC, IAEA, UNIDO, CTBTO, and other international organizations and arrangements is necessary to improve relations with Iran on the basis of concessions and a coordinated path the regulate the economic sanctions to provide the Iranian people with future perspectives for reforming their country.
On May 17, 2022, YPFP hosted an Ambassador Series event with Ambassador Stephan Klement, who is besides assuming the function as the Permanent Representative of the European Union to the United Nations in Vienna, also a Special Advisor in charge of the nuclear implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in the European External Action Service. He was involved in the negotiations on the Iranian nuclear issues since 2004. The event was moderated by Programmes Officer Jonas Nitschke.
The brief presentation by Ambassador Klement included key developments, both internally in the United Nations in Vienna and of a more external basis in the European Union, which focuses primarily on the structural cooperation and coordination between the EEAS and its involvement in the Iranian nuclear negotiations. Challenges are primarily the concessions that must be made towards Iran and the mistrust between Iran and Western states especially the United States of America. The ambassador explained that Germany, France and the UK primarily focus on helping with the negotiations together with their international partners such as Australia, Japan, Canada and New Zealand. He stated that the coordinated efforts for Teheran to open to the West while the economic sanctions getting more regulated would be one of the key efforts within the negotiations in Vienna and within the seven working groups in Brussels.
The Q&A session mainly discussed an international organization as a strategic policy tool for diplomatic efforts with difficult partners within the international security landscape. The focus was also pointing towards nuclear safety as a key issue for our future in Europe and how the political sphere can influence the negotiations are with the counterparts after the political changes due to the Iranian presidential elections in 2021. The Q & A session also shed some light on the structural work in Brussels in the different working groups on nuclear safety and the pathway of the ambassador into the international organization. Furthermore, it was discussed how the work is coordinated with the International Atomic Energy Agency and the Nuclear Security Fund to enhance the security on the European continent to prevent radioactive catastrophes such as Fukushima and Chernobyl in the future.
Written by Jonas Nitschke, Programmes Officer, YPFP Brussels