Peter Ricketts

Peter Ricketts

Ambassador to France from February 2012 to January 2016.

23rd December 2015 Paris, France

Beatriz Martinez

Policy adviser for Trade, Investment and Innovation, UKDel OECD, Paris

COP21: three trends towards fundamental change

Solutions COP21 event, Grand Palais

With considerable justification, COP21 has been widely hailed as a success. It reached a legally-binding agreement that aims to keep global warming well below 2 degrees, with a review-mechanism towards ever more ambitious targets, and financial commitments to support developing countries on their path towards environmental sustainability. This agreement is far better than most could […]

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11th December 2015 Paris, France

Kate Hart

Development and climate change officer

COP21: the best things come to those who wait

The UK office during COP21, Le Bourget

This time last week we were at the start of COP21. The conference centre was smelling of woodchip (you can really tell how hard France have worked at making COP21 sustainable), there were still freebies being handed out, delegates were relatively smiley and positive (directly proportional to the quality/quantity of freebies and coffee, I have […]

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4th December 2015 Paris, France

Kate Hart

Development and climate change officer

COP21: the first week

COP21 conference, Le Bourget, France

When I woke up (at a not very nice time) on 1 December, it was Day 2 of COP21.  Little did I know that by the time I next shut my eyes I would have discussed the chances of success of the climate conference with His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, shook President Hollande’s […]

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21st April 2015 Paris, France

Peter Ricketts

by Peter Ricketts

Ambassador to France from February 2012 to January 2016.

The modern diplomat

DHM Kara Owen with ENA group, April 2015

In this guest blog, Deputy Head of Mission Kara Owen discusses what it is to be a modern diplomat, after a talk at the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA) in Paris.

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5th March 2015 Paris, France

Peter Ricketts

by Peter Ricketts

Ambassador to France from February 2012 to January 2016.

Climate: Franco-British collaboration for a low carbon future

Hinkley Point C

I had the opportunity to open a conference of the nuclear energy industry between Britain and France, looking at a low carbon future. It made me think about the way these two hugely important issues come together. How do we ensure a low carbon future for the planet and keep global warming under control and […]

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23rd February 2015 Paris, France

Peter Ricketts

by Peter Ricketts

Ambassador to France from February 2012 to January 2016.

The Global Law Summit and the legacy of the Magna Carta

Global Law Summit 2015

This year of 2015, we celebrate the 800th anniversary of one of the founding documents of English law, the Magna Carta. This was agreed between King John and his rebel barons in 1215. And actually one of the prominent barons at that time was Prince Louis, who went on to be King Louis VIII of […]

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22nd December 2014 Paris, France

Peter Ricketts

by Peter Ricketts

Ambassador to France from February 2012 to January 2016.

2014, a year of anniversaries

Sir Peter Ricketts and Her Majesty the Queen at the British Ambassador's Residence

So this is the time of year when I look back at what we’ve achieved and 2014 will stay in my mind a long time as a year of anniversaries. We’ve had the 20th anniversary of the Channel Tunnel, and the Queen unveiled a little plaque to commemorate that at Saint Pancras when she was coming […]

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8th December 2014 Paris, France

Peter Ricketts

by Peter Ricketts

Ambassador to France from February 2012 to January 2016.

#FootballRemembers: commemorating the Christmas Truce in 1914

The Embassy football team

I’m really proud that the British Council team here in Paris have been leading the campaign with the Council to remember the football truce, that extraordinary moment around Christmas of 1914 when British and German soldiers got out of their trenches around Ypres (but we think also in some areas in France) and ended up […]

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