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29th April 2016

Holy See

Britain and Human Rights

by Stephen Townsend

Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy to the Holy See

6th May 2016 Holy See

Nigel Baker

by Nigel Baker

Ambassador to the Holy See

Pope Francis wins UK Green Ribbon award

COP21 conference, Le Bourget, France

The Green Ribbon awards are amongst Britain’s most prestigious environmental awards. They are awarded by The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM), the leading independent Chartered professional body for water and environment professionals, which promotes excellence within the sector. They have been presented since 1993, and aim to celebrate the greatest environmental achievements […]

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6th May 2016 Tunis, Tunisia

Peter Millett

by Peter Millett

Ambassador to Libya, Tripoli

The Beautiful Game

Leicester.  Where’s that?  And how do you pronounce it?  Is it “Lye-Chest-er” or “Lester”. This Midlands town is now well-known all round the world after their team, Leicester City became the English football champions.  It is a remarkable story of a team that was fighting for survival last year.  The team – known locally as […]

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5th May 2016 Havana, Cuba

Ricardo Gonzalez

A Cuban economist in London

Once again I have the pleasure to publish a blog by one of the fifteen Cuban Chevening scholars currently in the UK. Ricardo Gonzalez is a teacher and researcher from the Faculty of Economics at the University of Havana and is studying a masters in economics at Queen Mary University, London. Thanks to Ricardo for this […]

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4th May 2016 Havana, Cuba

Tim Cole

by Tim Cole

British Ambassador to Cuba

Building the right buildings

On Thursday this week Londoners vote to elect the next Mayor. London is a vibrant, global city with a huge population and a massive economy so the Mayor’s job is an important one with responsibilities ranging from transport to construction. In the last decade or so, the skyline of London has been transformed by some […]

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3rd May 2016 Colombo, Sri Lanka

Laura Davies

by Laura Davies

Deputy High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and the Maldives

Supporting Press Freedom

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Today is World Press Freedom Day.  So it was appropriate that I spent Saturday evening at the Sri Lanka Inquirer awards ceremony, an event celebrating the culmination of British High Commission funded training and some of the best recent investigative journalism in Sri Lanka and Maldives. There is no freedom so worth defending as Freedom of […]

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3rd May 2016 Istanbul, Turkey

Leigh Turner

by Leigh Turner

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

#Adiosistanbul 4: the Lycian Way

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Ok. The Lycian Way is not in Istanbul. But having written a blog recently about longer walks outside Istanbul; and another about my favourite shorter walk, I thought I should record the fact that, amongst the many wonders of Turkey we should include the splendid Lycian Way. I walked the first 40 km of the Lycian Way in April.  […]

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3rd May 2016 Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Edmund Fitton-Brown

by Edmund Fitton-Brown

British Ambassador to Yemen

World Press Freedom Day

Today is World Press Freedom Day. This is an opportunity for us all to reflect on the importance of freedom of information and to pay tribute to those journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty. Of course advancing freedom of the press is a global issue, yet I’m struck by how […]

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2nd May 2016 Delhi, India

Anshika Jha

by Anshika Jha

UK Intellectual Property Office’s (UK IPO) Attaché

Free online course on copyright awareness launched

The UK Intellectual Property Office supported the Association of Publishers of India in the creation of an awareness booklet and free online course on copyright. The toolkit (booklet and 15-minute course) was launched at an event organised by FICCI on 25 April to celebrate World IP Day. The toolkit was conceived as a key step […]

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2nd May 2016 New Delhi, India

Jagori Dhar

by Jagori Dhar

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

UK and India driving a success story

The Indian connection at the heart of the UK automotive boom, and the $4 billion opportunity for Indian companies. As I made my journey into what (on first impressions) appeared to be a rather nondescript northern English town, Crewe, I was surprised to see the number of Indians getting off the train, at the bus station and surprisingly […]

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2nd May 2016 Delhi, India

Anshika Jha

by Anshika Jha

UK Intellectual Property Office’s (UK IPO) Attaché

Roundtable on feasibility of establishing a national IP court in India

Earlier this month, IIT Kharagpur’s IPR cell organised a roundtable to discuss the feasibility of establishing a National IP Court in India, under a project being funded by the UK Intellectual Property Office.  The roundtable was chaired by Hon’ble Justice Prabha Sridevan (former Judge Madras High Court and Chairman Intellectual Property Appellate Board).  Several senior […]

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