Scott Wightman » British Ambassador to the Republic of Korea

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

GREAT British Education

Chevening scholar, Yong-seung Chang and his family in the UK

With this year’s Chevening Scholarship scheme open for applications, we hear from a Korean alumnus about his great experiences. Have a look at this for more details and get applying!    I grabbed a golden chance to study a Masters degree in Britain after being awarded a Chevening Scholarship in 2011/2012. I was able to watch the 2012 London Olympics on site at the same time as I completed my Masters degree … Read more »GREAT British Education

A GREAT place to study

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Education underpins everything. It’s what drives innovation. It’s really the only way that a developed country can keep up in the global race for prosperity. In Korea, it is at the heart of how this country has transformed itself over the last 60 years since the Korean War. I am always amazed by how hard Korean children study and how much parents value education. The UK’s growth too owes much … Read more »A GREAT place to study

Sport is GREAT

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Quite a few of my Embassy colleagues were looking tired on Monday morning after staying up to watch Scotland’s Andy Murray become the first British winner of the Men’s Singles tennis at Wimbledon on Sunday. This came hard on the heels of the stunning victory of the British and Irish Lions over Australia in Sydney in the biggest rugby match of 2013. After the unforgettable highs of the London 2012 … Read more »Sport is GREAT