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16th October 2023 Geneva, Switzerland

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by Bob Last

Head, UK Mission Political and Human Rights Team

Exhausted nations

If anyone sensible was trying to design a system to get countries from across the world to reach agreement on tricky, highly sensitive issues, then they wouldn’t do it like this. First, call a very long meeting. Let’s say five weeks long. But make sure it comes hot on the heels of two other very […]

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12th October 2022 Geneva, Switzerland

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by Bob Last

Head, UK Mission Political and Human Rights Team

Number 51

I’ve always had a fond attachment to the number 51. It was my house number growing up in Manchester, as little Robert. My first memory there was my parents bringing my newly-born baby sister home from the hospital. And my mum was born in the year ’51 (as well as some more famous but less […]

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23rd September 2019 Geneva, Switzerland

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by Bob Last

Head, UK Mission Political and Human Rights Team

Badly Opened Boxes

There are different ways to open boxes of breakfast cereal. When my wife does it, the box looks like it’s been magically opened by a graceful spell – the packaging remains in pristine condition and the re-sealable cardboard tag slides effortlessly into its allotted place. Whenever I do it, it looks like a pack of […]

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29th November 2018

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by Sophie Lott

Former case worker in the Forced Marriage Unit

Sophie Lott: how the Forced Marriage Unit saves lives

I have spent 7 years working in the joint Home Office and Foreign Office Forced Marriage Unit (FMU). As I walk into work, anticipating the type of calls I will handle today still brings a mixture of apprehension but also promise – knowing the unit, every day, has the potential to save lives. During my […]

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2nd October 2018 Geneva, Switzerland

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by Bob Last

Head, UK Mission Political and Human Rights Team

Growing Up

When the US walked out of the Council last session, there were plenty of doom-mongers foretelling the multiple ways in which everything would fall apart, drawing on the Council’s darker moments of its stuttering early years, before the US joined. There may be more testing times ahead, but this was the Council’s most successful session […]

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21st November 2016 Mogadishu, Somalia

Adrian Strong

Criminal Justice Advisor

UK support to Somalia’s Justice System’ – governance and Rule of Law go beyond the justice programmes

Good governance, economic development and security forces that maintain order without repression are among the fundamental building blocks of a stable, peaceful democracy. But it’s the rule of law, and by extension, competent, capable and independent justice systems, that are the mortar holding it all together. The UK is driving a number of key justice […]

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15th September 2016 Mogadishu, Somalia

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UK Military SNA support

Working with the Somali National Army

I recently joined the small team of British military advisors, currently deployed in Somalia to train, equip and advise the Somali National Army (SNA).  It’s a fascinating job, with every day throwing up a completely new and unique set of challenges – no week is the same in this role. We do a wide range […]

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23rd August 2016 Mogadishu, Somalia

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by Harriet Mathews

British Ambassador to Somalia

UK’s work in Somalia

Over the next few months, I’ll be using this blog to share with you a little of my life and work here in Mogadishu. This week I’ve been struck by the variety of my work. It won’t be a surprise to hear that we’ve been working hard on security and governance issues. They are staples […]

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