Tag: Children

20th March 2015 Toronto, Canada

How great science comes from children’s books

Articles about science and imagination often open with a quotation from a scientist (Einstein, Feynman) or children’s author (Seuss, Silverstein) – perhaps because when dealing with science (encompassing all human knowledge) and imagination (humanity’s boundless creativity), where do you begin? “Begin at the beginning,” the King said, very gravely, “and go on till you come […]

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20th November 2014

Nigel Baker

by Nigel Baker

Ambassador to the Holy See (2011-2016)

With Caritas supporting child migrants

I was delighted this week to be able to have taken part in a podcast interview at Vatican Radio, organised by Caritas Internationalis, on child migrants. The occasion was the 25th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), an important international Convention that the United Kingdom signed in 1990 and […]

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7th November 2014 Beirut, Lebanon

Tom Fletcher

by Tom Fletcher

British Ambassador to Lebanon

Is The Pen Mightier Than The Sword?

The Lebanese spend more on education than anything but food, more per capita than any other country. It’s a downpayment of hope in Lebanon’s future. In schools as on the borders and checkpoints, the UK stands beside Lebanon with actions not words. The UK is now Lebanon’s main education partner, through four gamechanging programmes. For […]

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25th September 2014 Beirut, Lebanon

Tom Fletcher

by Tom Fletcher

British Ambassador to Lebanon

A United Nation at the UN

For a week every year, the world’s foreign policy elites relocate to New York for the annual jamboree of statecraft, the UN General Assembly. The pace is frantic – diplomatic speed-dating. But it matters. The UN may not be perfect, but no-one has yet come up with a better idea for global coexistence. It matters […]

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8th May 2014 Bucharest, Romania

Raluca Bragarea

by Raluca Bragarea

Head of Communications, Bucharest

Great Britons in Romania – BRIAN DOUGLAS

Today’s guest blogger is Kent Bolton, Hon. Secretary/Treasurer, RCHF (UK) and Hon. Treasurer for the sister foundation in the Netherlands, Stichting RCHF, who tells the story of one of the British volunteers making a difference in Romania. Here is his account: Brian Douglas first traveled to Romania in early 1994, delivering much needed aid, including […]

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7th March 2014 Beirut, Lebanon

Tom Fletcher

by Tom Fletcher

British Ambassador to Lebanon

Inhuman Human Trafficking

In the 21st century we get angry about many small things: traffic jams, power cuts or a failed internet connection. We get plenty of opportunities for all three in Lebanon. But last Friday I joined an event about an issue worth getting really furious about. The Beirut Bar Association launched a Human Rights Institute booklet […]

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19th February 2014 Washington DC, USA

by Karen Betts

Foreign Policy Counsellor

Syrian Children Need Our Help

My children are the most delightful people I know. You probably feel the same about your children, your grandchildren, your nieces and nephews. My son is a mix of winning charm and 3 year old defiance. My daughter, who is 9 months, is smiley, chubby and cuddly. My children live in a protective environment: one […]

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18th June 2012

Nigel Baker

by Nigel Baker

Ambassador to the Holy See (2011-2016)

South Sudan: the Catholic Church in Action

Recent media comment on the Vatican and the Holy See has been dominated by speculation relating to the ‘Vatileaks’ scandal, or events at the IOR, the so-called ‘Vatican Bank’. This is unfortunate. Whatever the substance behind such stories, and however fascinating, there is a great deal more to the work of the global Catholic Church, […]

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17th April 2012 Washington DC, USA

Hetty Crist

by Hetty Crist

Deputy Press Secretary

Keep on rocking in the free world

Before I continue on my theme of how GREAT Britain is this year, I’d like to give a shout out to the 100 Days to Go event coming up tomorrow at American University. All afternoon we will strive to go ‘Faster, Higher, Stronger’  than our fellow Embassy (and previous Olympic Host) competitors in the “Embassy […]

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12th March 2012 Geneva, Switzerland

Bob Last

by Bob Last

Deputy Head, UK Mission Political Team

Sleep-walking and breaking taboos

Maybe it’s just that I’m getting older but this feels like a particularly tiring Council session. And judging by the number of weary diplomatic faces around this week, I’m not the only one whose been feeling the strain. The Council is set to adopt more resolutions than at any other previous session, and with a […]

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