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1st August 2022 Geneva, Switzerland

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by Aidan Liddle

UK Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament

Disarmament blog: the NPT Review Conference

Finally, it’s here. The 10th Review Conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) begins today. National delegations, civil society representatives and the media are converging on New York from around the world for four weeks of intensive negotiations on some of the most sensitive, contentious and important issues for global peace and security. This RevCon […]

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29th July 2022

Helen Grant MP, Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Girls’ Education

by Helen Grant

Prime Minister's Special Envoy for Girls' Education

Global Education Summit: one year on

This time last year, leaders and ministers from all over the world were in London for the Global Education Summit. Co-hosted by the UK and Kenya, our mission was to raise as much money as possible for the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), the world’s largest fund dedicated to transforming education in lower-income countries. I […]

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6th July 2022

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by Judith Herbertson

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

Tackling the education crisis: our priorities for the Transforming Education Summit

I joined the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) Girls’ Education Department almost 10 weeks ago. Since then there have been multiple mentions of the ‘Transforming Education Summit’; the TES. I have just returned from Paris where, with Laura Davies, our Ambassador to UNESCO, I was representing FCDO at the TES pre-Summit. Held to build […]

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4th July 2022 Belgrade, Serbia

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by Sian MacLeod

UK Ambassador to Serbia

Displacement and destitution – the global consequences of Russia’s invasion

The numbers are growing.  Some 13 million people have fled their homes in Ukraine since the Russian invasion. More than 5 million are still outside the country. Over 6 million people remain displaced within Ukraine.  These are ordinary people, children and adults, citizens of a European country that is a close friend and ally of both Serbia and the UK.  A few […]

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1st July 2022

Helen Grant MP, Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Girls’ Education

by Helen Grant

Prime Minister's Special Envoy for Girls' Education

Prioritising foundational learning in a crisis setting

In my role as the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Girls’ Education I have been lucky enough to visit many countries across Africa and Asia. Last week I was privileged to visit Jordan for the first time and got to meet children being supported by UK aid to get an education even in challenging settings […]

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17th June 2022

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by Matt Field

British Diplomat

Tough times, good people

This week I finish my time as UK Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina. It has been a remarkable privilege to represent my country here. It has been the most challenging, frustrating, enriching and rewarding experience of my professional life. As a diplomat, you can never draw a clear line between professional and personal life. My […]

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16th June 2022 Stockholm, Sweden

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by Mikael Allan Mikaelsson

PhD, Science and Innovation Policy Advisor, Europe Lead on Net-Zero Innovation & Climate Change

Bridging the behavioural science-policy gap for a net-zero society

Meeting our net-zero targets will require greater public engagement and a significant shift in behaviour, including rapid and widespread adoption of new low-carbon technology and a considerable reduction in the consumption of carbon-intensive commodities and services. This message was clear from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report, as all of the different […]

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6th June 2022 Belgrade, Serbia

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by Sian MacLeod

UK Ambassador to Serbia

Russia’s war in words and numbers

What is happening in Ukraine can be no less shocking to people in Serbia than to people in Canada, Norway, Poland, the UK – or anywhere else including Russia, when and where the truth is known. Deliberate disinformation has been rife and multifaceted – from mundane lies (no intention of invading Ukraine) to fantasy fiction […]

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2nd June 2022 Geneva, Switzerland

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by Aidan Liddle

UK Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament

Disarmament: space and cluster munitions

May was a big month for 2 of the UK disarmament team’s main objectives for this year. On 9 May, the Open Ended Working Group on Space Threats got underway at last, holding the first of its substantive (as opposed to organisational) meetings. It felt like the culmination of a process we began back in […]

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24th May 2022 Belgrade, Serbia

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by Sian MacLeod

UK Ambassador to Serbia

History revision

History

I am a diplomat not a historian. But as a diplomat you cannot escape or ignore history – and nor should you want to. It is desperately sad to see a country with a rich heritage being trapped by a re-imagined history rather than addressing present needs and future opportunities. Chatting over dinner about 15 […]

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