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Guest Blog: Korean Victory At English-Speaking Contest

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The following blog is a guest contribution by Jae-hyun Park, winner of the recent International Public Speaking Competition, organised by the English Speaking Union (ESU) and held in London. Jae-hyun is the second Korean winner in recent years and was the overall winner in competition that had 40,000 entrants across the globe! Views are those of the author. Recently, I was invited to meet Ambassador Scott Wightman at the British … Read more »Guest Blog: Korean Victory At English-Speaking Contest

Guest Blog: Youth Delegate to Ending Sexual Violence Summit

The following is a guest blog by Tae-ho Kwon, the Korean delegate at the Youth Summit that ran alongside the Global Summit on Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict. The views are those of the writer. I have recently participated in the Global Summit on Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict, which took place at Excel London, UK, from the 10th of June until the 13th. More than 150 governments, a number … Read more »Guest Blog: Youth Delegate to Ending Sexual Violence Summit

Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict – Time to Act

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Throughout history and even in the present day, women, men, boys and girls all over the world have suffered the horrific consequences of sexual violence in conflict.  These violations cannot be seen as an inevitable part of war and conflict.  The UK Government believes that it is time to act to end these abhorrent crimes and ensure those responsible face justice. In less than two weeks time, the Global Summit … Read more »Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict – Time to Act

Historic Moment for UK-Ireland Ties

President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins, his wife Sabina Coyne, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh pose for a photograph ahead of a state banquet in Windsor

Joint blog by Aingeal O’Donoghue, Ambassador of Ireland to Korea and Scott Wightman, British Ambassador to Korea From 8-11 April Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will host the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins for an official State Visit to the United Kingdom, the first ever by an Irish President. It will be a momentous occasion, following on from the State Visit of Her Majesty to Ireland in 2011, the … Read more »Historic Moment for UK-Ireland Ties

International Women’s Day 2014: Inspiring Change

8 March is the 103rd UN International Women’s Day. Promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment worldwide is an important priority for the British Government. The UK theme for International Women’s Day on this occasion is “women’s economic empowerment and raising girls’ aspirations”. As a father of two girls this has particular resonance for me. Latest World Bank figures indicate that women now constitute 56% of the labour force in the … Read more »International Women’s Day 2014: Inspiring Change

UK Leads in Sports Delivery

Sochi Olympics

Like many of you, I have been following the Sochi Winter Olympics and have been thrilled by the spectacular pictures, especially those from the colourful freestyle skiing events. It has been a successful Games for the young and talented athletes from Team GB who, at the time of writing, sit on three medals, with the certainty of at least one more to come. So this will be our best ever haul. … Read more »UK Leads in Sports Delivery

What after the UN Commission of Inquiry for the DPRK?

Joanna Hosaniak

This week, to mark Human Rights Day 2013, I’m pleased to have a guest blog by Joanna Hosaniak from the Citizens Alliance for North Korean Human Rights. The establishment of a UN Commission of Inquiry (COI) is a rare case in the international community. It is a para-judicial form of investigation into alleged crimes against humanity committed in a given country. The establishment of the body is in many cases … Read more »What after the UN Commission of Inquiry for the DPRK?

A Wee Country’s Big Contribution

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On 30 November, we celebrate St.Andrew’s Day.  St.Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland and, as such, the day is our opportunity to mark Scotland’s contribution to the UK and indeed to the wider world. Sir Winston Churchill once said that “of all the small nations on this earth, perhaps only the ancient Greeks surpass the Scots in their contribution to mankind.” Whilst it might be a country of around … Read more »A Wee Country’s Big Contribution

International Development – Playing our part

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This week I attended the UK and Republic of Korea 6th Development Policy Dialogue in Seoul.  During the recent State Visit to the UK, President Park Geun-hye and Prime Minister Cameron agreed to explore ways to strengthen further our bilateral development cooperation, so this was timely follow-up. Colleagues from the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) met their counterparts from the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Korea International Cooperation … Read more »International Development – Playing our part

Acting to Prevent Sexual Violence in Conflict

The use of sexual violence in conflict is one of the most abhorrent crimes of this or any other generation. In warzones the world over, the lives of men, women and even children are torn apart by rape and other barbaric practices designed to degrade, torture and humiliate. For too long, perpetrators have avoided trial and punishment, creating a climate of impunity and a continued circle of violence. Britain’s Foreign … Read more »Acting to Prevent Sexual Violence in Conflict