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A society without homophobia is better for all of us

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By Ben Rawlings, Head of Economic & Sustainable Development at the British Embassy in Lima This 17 May marked the tenth anniversary of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.  The aim is to draw attention to the violence and discrimination experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people across the world.  It is an initiative the UK government supports: human rights are universal and should apply equally to all people, … Read more »A society without homophobia is better for all of us

Pachacamac – a hidden world reveals its secrets

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Guest blog by Dr Lawrence Owens   Dr Lawrence Owens is sessional lecturer in bioarchaeology at Birkbeck College, University of London.  He has been involved in bioarchaeological projects for over 20 years, and currently works in Peru, Qatar and Egypt.  His co-edited volume – entitled Funerary Patterns and Models in the Ancient Andes: the Return of the Living Dead – will be released later in 2014 by Cambridge University Press. … Read more »Pachacamac – a hidden world reveals its secrets

Peru and the Falkland Islands: history of a Latin American common cause

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Earlier this month the Peru-Argentina Friendship League organised a meeting in Congress under the title “Peru and the Falkland Islands: history of a Latin American common cause”*.  I wasn’t invited to attend but I have read a report of the event with interest. The topics of the Falkland Islands, of the invasion of the islands ordered in 1982 by Argentine military dictator Leopoldo Galtieri in clear violation of international law, … Read more »Peru and the Falkland Islands: history of a Latin American common cause

Lima as the Key Stage Towards a Global Agreement

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By Sir David King, Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative for Climate Change If we all, together, continue to emit greenhouse gases at the present rate, 1.8% per annum, by 2040 we will have burnt up the entire planet’s budget for carbon. Exceeding that budget means that we face a global warming temperature rise of more than 2°C, with extraordinarily challenging consequences for mankind. That is the stark message from the latest scientific … Read more »Lima as the Key Stage Towards a Global Agreement

Teaching men to respect women

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By Lic. José Villalobos, specialist in masculinities and Executive Director of the NGO Grupo Vigencia (Effectiveness Group) and Project Coordinator of “Municipal Network of Male Promoters against Domestic and Sexual Violence,” carried by the Municipality of Carmen de la Legua Reynoso-Callao and sponsored by the British Embassy in Lima. With the technical and financial sponsorship from the British Embassy in Peru, and in strategic partnership with Callao’s Municipality of Carmen … Read more »Teaching men to respect women

Words from a chocolate maker

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by Duffy Sheardown, Chocolate Maker, Duffy’s Chocolate Foreword by Ben Rawlings, Head of Economic and Sustainable Development at the British Embassy in Lima As far as we know, chocolate was discovered in Central America three to four thousand years ago, and was brought to Europe by Christopher Columbus when he landed on Guanaja, an island off Honduras, in 1502.  But the Europeans – like the Olmecs, the Maya and the … Read more »Words from a chocolate maker

Creating memories in the oblivion

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By Francesca Uccelli. Lead investigator for the Institute of Peruvian Studies. “What position were we in as teachers? Going back to school was a scary experience. Two or three teachers would give class whilst another kept watch so that we could substitute one another if the military or shining path came. It was a big problem.” The account of this teacher is similar to those of many other teachers who … Read more »Creating memories in the oblivion

Global partnerships for global challenges

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By Roger Gifford, Lord Mayor of the City of London, who will visit Peru on 10 July. – Article written for Peruvian newspaper “Gestión” I am looking forward to visiting Lima on 10 July because Peru is a country I hear being talked about increasingly often in the City of London. With good reason its stellar economic performance over the past decade and its reputation as a bright spot at … Read more »Global partnerships for global challenges

“If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster, and treat those two imposters just the same…”

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The following is a guest post by Ben Rawlings, Prosperity Officer at the British Embassy in Lima. That is the inspirational quote from Rudyard Kipling’s poem “If…” inscribed above the entrance to Wimbledon’s Centre Court,  waiting to greet those who today will begin the battle for one of tennis’s most treasured trophies.  Wimbledon is one of the most famous sporting events in the world, and for many people it is a … Read more »“If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster, and treat those two imposters just the same…”

G8 Summit

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Today the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, is hosting the annual G8 Summit in Northern Ireland, with the Heads of State of Germany, Canada, USA, France, Italy, Japan, the UK and Russia. With these countries still comprising half of global GDP, the bold steps we take by working together through the G8 can make a real difference by driving prosperity, not just in G8 countries, but all over the world. … Read more »G8 Summit