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17th May 2024 United Kingdom

Lord Herbert of South Downs

by Nick Herbert

PM's Special Envoy on LGBT+ Rights

Reflections on IDAHOBIT: International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia

The world is increasingly polarised on LGBT rights.  There is progress to celebrate, but concern is also growing over a rollback of rights which is accelerating, not just in Africa and the global south, but also in parts of the global north. In the past year, we have seen increased attempts to introduce anti-LGBT legislation […]

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13th May 2024 Canberra, Australia

Vicki Treadell

British High Commissioner to Australia

Value with Values: UK Commitment to Climate Partnership

British High Commissioner to Australia Vicki Treadell addresses attendees at the Australian British Chamber of Commerce's Energy Transition and Investment Summit in Sydney.

The UK is committed to strengthening the UK-Australia climate partnership and collaborating internationally to tackle climate change and ensure energy security. With rising temperatures and worsened extreme weather events leaving people hungry and forcing them from their homes, these challenges cannot be ignored. Last week, I addressed key players across industry and government at the […]

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25th April 2024 Canberra, Australia

Brigadier Nigel Best OBE

Defence Advisor, Australia

Reflect & Remember: Anzac Day 2024

Over the past two years I have had the privilege of attending Anzac Day services in Canberra and Perth. Each year it’s an opportunity to reflect and remember those who have served and lost their lives to defend our freedom. There is a long tradition of our armed forces marking this important day together. On […]

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23rd April 2024 Panama

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by James Dauris

British Ambassador, Panama

Good English – A Key to Panama’s Future Success

Speech delivered on April 23, 2024 at the Launch of National Teachers Network & Training of Trainers Programme  It’s a pleasure to be with you at this launch of the National Teachers Network & Training of Trainers Program. Congratulations to everyone involved in getting this exciting initiative to this point, and to everyone who is […]

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21st March 2024 London, United Kingdom

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by Phoebe Thomas

Deputy Head Legislation, International Organisations, FCDO Protocol Directorate

Forests in focus on International Day of Forests

The 2030 target to halt and reverse forest loss, which was agreed by over 140 states at United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change COP26 is coming more sharply into view.  The UK is committed to working with all our partners, including specialist organisations such as the European Forest Institute, to make it a reality. […]

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8th March 2024 Vienna

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by Corinne Kitsell

Ambassador and UK Permanent Representative to IAEA and CTBTO

Gender equality is non-negotiable

Ambassador Corinne Kitsell

Almost a decade ago, the world agreed that by 2030 we must achieve gender equality and empower ALL women and girls. But, in 2024, we are nowhere near achieving this. Why?  Rather than countries coming together at the United Nations to make progress, a vocal minority are actively trying to undermine gender equality through the UN.  

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19th February 2024 Skopje, North Macedonia

Angelina Stanojoska

Associate Professor , PhD Faculty of Law, University “St. Kliment Ohridski” – Bitola, North Macedonia

There are no borders in knowledge, those are just contours of new horizons and possibilities

Being part of the educational process in each country requires a person to have a set of different skills among which being a leader and influencing community changes through policy-making and future generations. Working as a professor means being a researcher at the same time, and those two areas are the ones that complement one […]

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4th December 2023

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by Judith Herbertson

Head of Girls' Education, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

Disability Inclusive Education: our commitment to supporting children with disabilities to achieve SDG 4

This year’s theme for International Day of Persons with Disabilities is ‘United in action to rescue and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for, with and by persons with disabilities’. This feels particularly poignant when we look at education. Children with disabilities are the single most marginalised group of children; the least likely to be […]

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9th November 2023 Skopje, North Macedonia

Matthew Lawson

His Majesty's Ambassador to North Macedonia

Remembrance of WW1 Veterans in Skopje: Lessons for a United NATO Alliance

World War I was a defining moment in history, a global conflict that changed the course of nations and lives forever. It touched every corner of the world, including this very country where I have the privilege to serve as His Majesty’s Ambassador. Here, under the Macedonian sky, lies a significant site that has a […]

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