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3rd September 2014 Beirut, Lebanon

Tom Fletcher

by Tom Fletcher

British Ambassador to Lebanon

Wisdom Amid Adversity?: NATO Comes to Wales

With a formidable to-do list for the world’s leaders, the 2014 NATO Summit takes place in Wales on 4/5 September. This will be the largest ever gathering of international leaders in Britain. In preparation, some diplomats have even been learning Welsh (Matthew Barzun clip). Having been to a few, I’ve sometimes been sceptical about the […]

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19th June 2014

Nigel Baker

by Nigel Baker

Ambassador to the Holy See (2011-2016)

Reflections of a Catholic participant on the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in conflict

I have commented in recent weeks on the 10-13 June London Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict. This week, I give the floor to Pádraic MacOireachtaigh, Jesuit Refugee Service Regional Advocacy and Communications Officer in the Great Lakes based in Burundi, who participated in the Summit, and who contributes his own supportive but critical […]

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10th June 2014 Dublin, Ireland

Robin Barnett

by Robin Barnett

Ambassador to Ireland, Dublin

PSVI Global Summit in London – Time To Act

In May 2012, British Foreign Secretary William Hague launched the “Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative” or “PSVI” In short, PSVI is about preventing the use of rape and sexual violence as a weapon in conflict. In so many conflict situations, it affects not only large numbers of women, but also men and children. However, the perpetrators of […]

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8th June 2014 Brasilia, Brazil


Rape and sexual violence has been a part of war as far back as we know. It occurs both as a consequence of conflict but is also used as a weapon in itself. It is civilians (all sexes and ages) who suffer the most . We do not think this is inevitable. It’s time to […]

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28th September 2013 Ottawa, Canada

Dementia: A Global Challenge

September 2013 marks the second World Alzheimer’s Month, reflecting the growing urgency and concern over the health, social and economic burden of the disease. Alzheimer’s disease is a common form of dementia. Today, it is estimated that over 35 million people worldwide currently live with the condition, and this number is expected to double by […]

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10th June 2011 Toronto, Canada

Equinox Summit: Energy 2030

This is John Preece guestblogging about the recent Equinox Summit, a week-long forum of the Waterloo Global Science Initiative with a mandate (this year) to bring about a clean, secure global energy future. Scientists, engineers, policymakers and other experts discussed a wide range of scenarios, producing a summary communiqué [PDF] with a comprehensive briefing to […]

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19th May 2011

Greg Dorey

by Greg Dorey


Transformational Investment

‪‪”Well, he would [say that] wouldn’t he?” Last week I took part in the 10th Hungarian Business Leaders Forum Financial Summit and found myself on a panel of Ambassadors arguing about the transformational power of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). The UK is one of the biggest foreign investors in Hungary, so I might be expected […]

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19th April 2010 Islamabad, Pakistan


by Adam Thomson

British High Commissioner to Pakistan

Why the EU matters for Pakistan

Many Pakistanis have never heard of the European Union.  Still fewer know what it is.  But when Prime Minister Gilani met 16 of the European Union’s Ambassadors in Peshawar recently, it was natural for him to do so. The European Union is Pakistan’s largest trading partner (two-way trade was worth €7.5 billion in 2008, approximately […]

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