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EU members' diplomatic representatives gather at the Finnish Embassy before biking toward the EU ambassador’s residence in Washington, July 25, 2019. (Delegation of the European Union to the United States) VOA

Finnish Ambassador to Washington Kirsti Kauppi and dozens of her European Union colleagues put some diplomatic muscle into their nations’ policies this week by taking part in a bicycle ride in Washington to show the EU’s commitment sustainable development.

Kauppi organized and co-led the group of about 40 diplomats and supporters clad in everything from T-shirts to business suits.

EU Ambassador Stavros Lambrinidis joined Kauppi in leading the 10-minute “pedal for the planet” through what Washingtonians know as Embassy Row — a broad avenue lined with once-stately homes that have been converted to diplomatic missions. Representatives from all 28 European Union member states took part in the event, with some participants following the ride on foot.

Kirsti Kauppi, Finland’s ambassador to the U.S., is pictured in Washington, July 2019. (N. Liu/VOA)

Still breathing comfortably at the end of her jaunt, the Finnish envoy, along with the EU ambassador, led a panel discussion and then explained to VOA that the outing was designed to highlight one of her nation’s key goals for its six-month term as presiding power in the EU’s rotating presidential system — a sustainable Europe and a sustainable future.

Combating climate change is a big part of sustainability, Kauppi said. She sees the defense of the environment as interconnected with what’s socially and economically sustainable.

Lambrinidis, the EU’s ambassador to the U.S., told VOA that Finland, with its six-month presidency of the EU, “can set certain priorities for all,” adding “they have chosen sustainability, where Finland leads and which is also where the EU has set a collective high bar for itself — carbon neutrality by 2050.”

Lambrinidis also highlighted the EU’s power in numbers. Thanks to the 28 member states’ collective effort, “we can lead the way, while working closely with our partners around the world,” he said.

In addition to climate change, Kauppi said the priorities for Finland’s presidency, which began July 1, are to strengthen common values and the rule of law, to make the EU more competitive and socially inclusive, and to protect the security of citizens comprehensively.

EU Ambassador to the U.S. Stavros Lambrinidis, center, and other EU diplomats carrying their countries’ flags as they ride along Massachusetts Avenue in Washington, July 25, 2019. (Delegation of the EU to the US) Wikimedia Commons

Kauppi also pointed out that the EU “at its core” is a bloc that emphasizes economic integration. As such, Finland, she said, will use its presidency to focus on economic growth and competitiveness, on “making the single market function better,” as it looks at trade with other entities.

Finland and the EU are also concerned with “security in the broad sense,” Kauppi said, explaining that “security” is not limited to the military domain, but also “how people live, whether they’re safe in their own environment.

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As far as military security is concerned, Kauppi said, Finland and the EU are focused on addressing “so-called hybrid threats” and on improving defense cooperation within the EU.

The EU defines hybrid threats as those that combine conventional and unconventional, military and non-military activities that can be used in a coordinated manner by state or non-state actors and are “designed to be difficult to detect or attribute.” These include cyberattacks on critical information systems, attempts to undermine public trust in government institutions and efforts to deepen social divisions. (VOA)


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At the recently held Lake Fashion Week X Fashion Design Council of India event which took place in Mumbai, actress Soha Ali Khan was muse for Megha Jain Madaan

At the recently held Lake Fashion Week X Fashion Design Council of India event which took place in Mumbai, actress Soha Ali Khan was muse for Megha Jain Madaan. The festive collection by Madaan for her label Abstract was a luxurious line of creations. Khan dazzled in a sensational, black, will-powered gown with horizontal gold braiding, while the deep olive train added a regal touch. IANSlife caught up with the celebrity on the sideline of the events to discover her take on fashion.

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Q: Are you looking forward to on-ground fashion events and the energy that comes with physical shows and appearances?
A: I am I mean, I think that it's been a while that we've all been at home and the livelihood of artisans, designers make-up artist, hairdressers has suffered. Everyone's looking forward to being backed and last but not least me; there's a different energy, of course.

Q: The outfit chosen for you at the show, how does it complement your style?
A: I really think that the outfit complimented my body type because it sort of showed off my arms which are very toned and strong. I've been working on them. So I'm happy that they chose, an off-shoulder outfit. The beautiful train, added length which I require a little bit off. So, I think it was very feminine, and I think the silhouette was a good one for me.

Q: What are your travel essentials?
A: Wetwipes, sanitiser, spare masks and water. I would say a book but I haven't read a book since I've become a mother. I would say iPad, cotton wool for ears, and a lollipop.

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* Cleansing: As you sleep, your skin goes through a renewal cycle, by dispensing toxins and debris. So you only need a light-textured cleanser to wash your face with a face wash that is suitable for your skin type.

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