Author Archives: dxw

Author Archives: dxw

Kirsty Cockburn, former Director of Policy and External Affairs at Wilton Park

Director of Policy and Programmes appointed

We are delighted to announce the appointment of our new Director of Policy and Programmes, Kirsty Cockburn.

Participants at a Wilton Park in Washington DC, USA

Wilton Park in Washington

Having recently partnered with the Center on the United States and Europe (CUSE) at Brookings on their May 2016 annual conference, with a debate on the Future of the UK in Europe, our hub in Washington is continuing its work to foster transatlantic political dialogue. Before the end of the year it will engage with various policy communities, facilitating a number of events, covering a range of programmes.

Montage of Wilton Park images throughout history

2016: a landmark year for Wilton Park

2016 is a significant year in our history, with several anniversaries being marked over the coming months.

Group of people sat in the Library listening to a man speaking

Wilton Park stands with refugees

Throughout history people have been forced to flee their country because of persecution, war or violence. In the wake of the Second World War the number of displaced people increased. The 1951 Refugee Convention, signed by 144 State parties, was agreed as the key legal instrument defining the term ‘refugee’. It outlines the rights of the displaced, as well as the legal obligations of States to protect them.

Safeguards and opportunities in the big data revolution

Experts now estimate that 90% of all data in the world was created in the last two years. We are currently convening an event on safeguarding rights in the big data revolution, and how best to utilise the opportunities it provides, whilst ensuring adequate measures are taken to protect personal privacy.

Wildlife rangers photographing the sunset

Wild for life – zero tolerance for the illegal wildlife trade

This year the UN’s World Environment Day aims to raise awareness and promote action on the illegal trade in wildlife

Tackling global health challenges – Wilton Park’s continuing contribution

For effective healthcare and prevention of disease collaboration between health experts, policymakers and practitioners is crucial globally.

Protracted forced displacement – the humanitarian and development challenge of our age (WP1461)

As the international humanitarian community meet in Istanbul for the first World Humanitarian Summit (WHS), Wilton Park reflects on the preparations for the summit particularly the role it has played in these preparations.

Wilton Park USA helps present EU referendum debate in Washington

On 6 May, our hub in Washington partnered with the Center on the United States and Europe (CUSE) at Brookings, and the Heinrich Böll Foundation North America in a Changing Europe Initiative for a discussion assessing the implications of the UK’s EU 23 June referendum.

Advancing the rights of LGBTI+ persons of faith and in faith communities: partnerships for progress (WP1488)

In the run-up to the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia on 17 May 2016, we look ahead to the second in our series of events focusing on the human and civil rights of LGBTI+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or interse