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Minister Antonia Urrejola holds bilateral meetings with her counterparts from Germany, Portugal, Finland and international organisations

Monday, February 27th 2023

In the context of her visit to Geneva, Switzerland, on the occasion of the 52nd Session of the Human Rights Council, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Antonia Urrejola, held a series of bilateral meetings with her counterparts from Germany, Annalena Baerbock; Portugal, João Gomes Cravinho; Finland, Pekka Haavisto.
She also met with representatives of international organisations, including the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Türk, the Director-General of the WTO, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, and the Director of the Coordination Division of the United Nations Office for Humanitarian Affairs, Ramesh Rajasingham.

In her meeting with the German Foreign Affairs Minister, they discussed joint efforts on climate action, for example through the Climate Club Initiative. In this regard, they discussed the interest in boosting the production of green hydrogen, with the aim of moving towards a just energy transition with a view to carbon neutrality by 2050. They also shared views on the common agenda on human rights, with special emphasis on the joint work of both Ministries of Foreign Affairs on Colonia Dignidad and Feminist Foreign Policy.

She then held a meeting with her Portuguese counterpart, whom she thanked for their support in containing the forest fires in the central-southern part of our country. They also stressed the importance of food security being one of the main topics at the next CELAC-EU Summit, and discussed the great harmony that both countries have in their commitment to environmental protection and renewable energies.

The Minister had the opportunity to speak with her Finnish counterpart with whom she agreed on the interest to work closely together as member countries in the Human Rights Council. In this regard, the Minister highlighted the importance of promoting the protection of the rights of women and girls, LGBTI+ people, as well as economic, social and environmental rights, with emphasis on the most vulnerable population and the differentiated impacts that this causes. Regarding the bilateral relationship, they highlighted the excellent level of cooperation in areas such as energy transition, polar cooperation, science and technology, among others.

Meetings with international organisations


In addition, the Foreign Affairs Minister met with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Türk, with whom she discussed the role that our country will have in the Human Rights Council for the period 2023-2025 and reviewed some important aspects for the region in this area.

Regarding the challenges in international trade, the Minister spoke with the Director General of the WTO, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, with whom she exchanged views on the last ministerial conference, held in June 2022. They also discussed how to achieve sustainable, sustainable and gender-sensitive trade.

Finally, she met with the Director of the Coordination Division of the United Nations Office for Humanitarian Affairs, Ramesh Rajasingham, whom she thanked for the assistance coordinated through the organisation to combat the forest fires affecting the central-southern area of our country.