PNND Council member Federica Mogherini the new EU Foreign Minister

PNND Council Member Federica Mogherini has been chosen by European Leaders to be the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, replacing Catherine Ashton. (Click here to read in French)

Ms Mogherini was previously the Foreign Minister for Italy. She has been a member of PNND since she first became a member of parliament in 2008, and has served on the PNND Council since 2010. She has also become a member of the European Leadership Network for Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation, and of the CTBT Group of Eminent Persons.

Ms Mogherini has played an active role in PNND, endorsing a number of PNND member-led initiatives including the Parliamentarians Declaration Supporting a Nuclear Weapons Convention and the Joint Parliamentary Statement for a Middle East Free from Nuclear Weapons and all other Weapons of Mass Destruction.

She has spoken at a number of PNND events and led initiatives in the Italian parliament including a resolution adopted unanimously in June 2009 supporting the UN Secretary-General’s Five Point Proposal for Nuclear Disarmament (See Italian Parliament adopts disarmament resolution).[[{"fid":"451","view_mode":"float_right_with_caption","fields":{"format":"float_right_with_caption","field_caption[und][0][value]":"Federica Mogherini with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon"},"type":"media","attributes":{"alt":"Federica Mogherini with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon","title":"Federica Mogherini with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon","class":"media-element file-float-right-with-caption"}}]]

Ms Mogherini has a depth of knowledge in foreign affairs - which has been a life-time passion for her – and she has a range of political skills and experience gained from her extensive involvement in domestic and international political arenas.

At just 41, Ms Mogherini was the youngest Foreign Minister for Italy and is the youngest EU High Rep for Foreign Affairs when she takes up the role on 1 November.

Ms Mogherini is married with two children. PNND has also worked with her husband Matteo Rebesani in his role as one of the organisers of the Nobel Peace Summits – in particular to build an active nuclear disarmament program for the Summits and for cooperation between Nobel Peace laureates on nuclear disarmament (see Parliamentarians and Nobel Laureates advance nuclear abolition).