2013: a year in review

20 January, 2014

 

This timeline looks back at some of the major events that took place in 2013.

 

February

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On February 4th, we opened The future of Europe conference. The conference analysed how a geometrically variable EU will develop and discussed whether European unity can be preserved in an increasingly diversified EU.

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March

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Held in São Paulo, Applying soft power: the Brazilian and British perspectives was the 6th roundtable meeting in our public diplomacy series.

 

UNAMID opens a new clinic and three schools for the community in Insuro (North Darfur)In support of the United Nations Secretary General’s seven point action plan on Women’s Participation in Peacebuilding and Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security, we held a conference on Women in peacebuilding.

Image 1 115x80Our first Jubilee Dialogue examined perspectives of change in the Middle East, two years since the Arab Spring began. Participants challenged the UK’s approach in marrying values and interests in its foreign policy in the region, and explored innovative ideas on how the UK can best support long term positive change in the region.

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April

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Drone strikes under international law looked in detail at the application of international law to drone strikes, as well as issues related to the present and future technology of armed drones and the human rights impact of drone strikes.

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June

Health education in Nigeria 115x80A new policy area for Wilton Park, we examined the critical public health/socio-economic development/trade nexus that impacts global access to safe medicines in our Pathways to safe medicines: protecting patients through unified global action event.

Map of Europe 115x80Our second Jubilee Dialogue, Europe and the world in 2023, explored the political, economic, social and environmental trends over the next ten years and considered what they might mean for Britain and Europe.

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July

IMG_0101 115x80Within our Climate change event, participants considered how G8 countries could improve their ability to understand and respond to climate related risks; recognising that integrating environmental considerations into efforts to build peace and resilience may present opportunities to strengthen governance in fragile states and achieve lasting security and stability.

Gary Wilton 115x80The third Jubilee Dialogue event examined how religion will shape foreign policy in the next ten years.

 

Brit Germ 115x80Our 28th British German Forum discussed the changing dynamics of British and German engagement in Europe, and examined the future of Europe and its relevance and effectiveness in the 21st century.

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September 

shutterstock_128002394 [Converted]In an increasingly inter-connected world, the needs and expectations of ‘global citizens’ have led to ever more complex demands on consular services. Our Consular Forum brought together senior consular officials alongside selected academics from a wide range of countries who discussed contemporary issues and emerging opportunities in the delivery of these services.

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October

Protecting women in rural areasOur series on ‘Global agriculture, food and land use’ saw its sixth and final conference. Our Empowering people and shaping policies for resilient agriculture and food systems event looked at how the people involved throughout the food chain can deliver a more resilient global system.

Illegal Aliens Repatriated By US Immigration And Customs EnforcementWe organised the paper launch of ‘Trafficking in Human Beings Amounting to Torture and other Forms of Ill-treatment’, by the Office of the Special Representative and Coordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings (OSCE). OSCE’s Special Representative, Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, gave the keynote address. She was joined by two guest speakers from the Helen Bamber Foundation and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute.

P1020401 115x80Following the OSCE paper launch, our Combating human trafficking discussion considered the most effective ways of combating human trafficking in the business supply chain, both internationally and in the UK.

China flag 115x80The New media and a digital age: the opportunities for public service delivery event was the third in a series run by Wilton Park and the party School of the Communist Party of China.

 

IMG_0015 115x80Our Eastern Partnership conference saw Linas Linkevičius, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania; Radosław Sikorski, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland; and David Lidington, Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, issue a joint press release. The three ministers pledged that they would do what they could to ensure “an Eastern Partnership that supports those seeking an ever closer relationship with the EU, and for some eventual EU membership, that supports open economic policies, inclusive democracy and that sustains respect for the rule of law.”

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December

Martin, Feachem, Kamwi (2) 115x80We convened a meeting in Cape Town mid December to discuss Scaling up the global HIV/AIDS response, focusing on treatment as prevention. This was an historic time to be running a meeting in South Africa as the country and world pay tribute to Nelson Mandela who, amongst his extraordinary achievements, championed international efforts to defeat HIV/AIDS through the 46664 campaign for global change.

IAEA Chief addresses NPR Review Conference 115x80Our annual non-proliferation conference, Towards the 2015 NPT Review Conference, included an assessment of the pressure points and make or break issues as the 2015 NPT Review approaches, an evaluation of the prospects for a negotiated deal with Iran on its nuclear programme; and ensuring a successful result at next year’s NPT PrepCom.

 

Images courtesy of: UN Photo/Albert González Farran; U.S. Air Force photoLt Col Leslie Pratt); Susan Elden/DFID; Artur Aliev; Scott Olson; UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

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