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5th October 2015

Standing with Tamil National Alliance spokesman and MP for Jaffna, M A Sumanthiran

Geneva, Switzerland

Turning the page

Bob Last

by Bob Last

Senior Human Rights Advisor, UK Mission human rights team

8th October 2015 Toronto, Canada

Canadian science news: 28 September-4 October 2015

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7th October 2015 London, UK

Hugo Swire

by Hugo Swire

Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Sri Lanka: talking about a resolution

For those of you who don’t know Sri Lanka, it’s a beautiful country – with world-class national parks, world heritage sites and pristine tropical beaches. But it is also haunted by a traumatic past, a devastating twenty-six year civil war between the Tamil Tigers and the government that ended in 2009. Some of the stories […]

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7th October 2015 Mumbai, India

Vijay Iyer

by Vijay Iyer

Senior Intellectual Property Adviser, India

IPEX-2015 in Chennai

Last month, I spoke at the 6th edition of the IPEX-2015 conference in Chennai from 25-26 September. This meeting, organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry, brought together thought leaders from the government, industry, and academia. Through my talk, I shared the UK’s best practices in intellectual property (IP) prosecution and enforcement.  On prosecution, I […]

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5th October 2015 Geneva, Switzerland

Julian Braithwaite

by Julian Braithwaite

Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN and other international organisations in Geneva

Milan Expo and How Governments Promote Trade and Prosperity

I’ve just spent the weekend at the Milan Expo.  Over a hundred countries showcasing themselves in a tradition of world fairs that stretches back to the nineteenth century and the “first World Expo” at Crystal Palace in 1851. The most expensive pavilion was the UAE extravaganza, coming in at allegedly just  shy of £100 million.  […]

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5th October 2015 New Delhi, India

Jagori Dhar

by Jagori Dhar

Head - Press and Communications, UK Trade, Investment & Prosperity

India celebrates some classic flavours of British food & beverage

Food lovers in Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru got a bite of some authentic British favourites prepared by Indian celebrity Chef Ajay Chopra at Godrej’s Nature’s Basket (GNB) outlets in their cities. Having spent a good number of years in the UK, Chef Ajay Chopra gets down to doing what he does best – making some […]

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4th October 2015 Abu Dhabi, UAE

Edward Hobart

Former Consul General to Dubai

Guest blog: Farewell from Edward Hobart

I arrived in the UAE in 2011, not long after the Global Financial Crisis, with many questions unanswered about the future of Dubai’s economic model. The recovery has exceeded most expectations (though His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum sets his own extraordinarily high standards – see below). It has been a privilege in […]

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2nd October 2015 Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos

Peter Beckingham

by Peter Beckingham

Governor in Turks and Caicos Islands


Question: What do you call a meeting of British Overseas Territories’ Caribbean Governors? Caribguvs…. Britguvs…..? Unlike CHOGM ( Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting), with a convenient shorthand, no acronym  seems to roll off the tongue so easily. But nonetheless the Governors of the  five Caribbean Territories – Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Montserrat and […]

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2nd October 2015 Istanbul, Turkey

Leigh Turner

by Leigh Turner

Consul General and Director-General for Trade & Investment for Turkey, Central Asia and the South Caucasus

Turkey: media freedom, stability and prosperity


A politically motivated protest outside a newspaper office results in physical damage and intimidation.  Politicians and media make threats against specific individuals.  Days later, one of those individuals – Ahmet Hakan, a prominent journalist – is physically attacked, and hospitalised. These developments are wrong in themselves.  They are also terrible for Turkey’s image overseas; and […]

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2nd October 2015 Canberra, Australia

Emily Byrne

by Emily Byrne

Senior Policy Adviser on Climate, Energy and Political issues

Historic global agreement on sustainable development

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals were agreed by 193 countries in New York last week.

Through my work in climate diplomacy, I’ve learned that it’s often very difficult to get countries to agree on things. So when they do, it’s cause for celebration. Especially when they agree on important things, like an ambitious and hopeful vision of what the world should look like 15 years from now. On 25 September this […]

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1st October 2015 Vancouver, Canada

Rupert Potter

by Rupert Potter

British Consul General, Vancouver

Where East & West Meet

It is impossible to calculate wisdom. You can count the number of people in a room, add up the amount of peer reviewed publications, or years spent living among different cultures, even an average IQ. If you were minded, you could use these metrics to get an idea of whether you were surrounded by knowledge.

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