The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Gisela Stuart as the new Chair of Wilton Park. The appointment will be effective from 1 October 2018.
In March we convened our fourth event in Abuja on our ‘African perspectives on peacebuilding’ series which built on the solid foundation of our wider work on conflict prevention, resolution and statebuilding.
At last week’s Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in London, UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson announced a Wilton Park Forum on the impacts of climate change in the Pacific. The event will be held in December 2018, and will be co-hosted with the government of New Zealand.
On 1 February 2018, Permanent Under-Secretary Sir Simon McDonald KCMG KCVO signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on behalf of Wilton Park with the Fundação Alexandre de Gusmão (FUNAG), represented by Ambassador Sérgio Eduardo Moreira Lima.
It has been a year since Dr Rouba Mhaissen, Founder and Director of SAWA for Development and Aid, was presented with a Marsh Award for Peacemaking and Peacekeeping. In this short video, Rouba gives an update on her work in Beirut helping to provide relief, education, medical assistance and livelihoods for Syrians displaced by the civil war.
In October 2017 the second event in our Youth Dialogues series took place in Jordan. We organised the three day event in association with the British Council, the West Asia-North Africa (WANA) Institute and the Department for International Development (DFID).
Kirsty Cockburn, Director of Policy and External Affairs, writes: On a crisp sunlit Friday morning earlier this month, we gathered at Tower Bridge for TEDxWhitehallWomen ‘on board’ the stone frigate HMS President. Under the theme of ‘Bridges’ we were buoyed with anticipation for the day ahead. Meanwhile, just down the river, Westminster had woken up with a shudder. The rolling news highlighted suspensions and accusations about inappropriate behaviour largely directed towards women. The issue, from Hollywood to Cricklewood, deemed endemic, and finally, it seemed, an ugly truth about inequality was being exposed. At TEDx the ebullient host Shola Mos-Shogbamimu captured the mood from the off, getting us on our feet and of one voice: “What do we want? Change! When do we want it? Now!”
The Acting Chief Executive of Wilton Park, Myles Wickstead CBE, and the Georgian Minister of Foreign Affairs, HE Mr Mikheil Janelidze, met at Lancaster House on Monday 23 October 2017 to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the presence of HE Ms Tamar Beruchashvili, Ambassador of Georgia to the UK and HE Mr Justin McKenzie Smith, Ambassador of the UK to Georgia. The MoU sets out the joint objective of establishing a long term relationship and cooperation between Wilton Park and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs across a wide range of national and international policy issues.
The annual Marsh Award is presented to participants nominated for having made an impactful contribution to peacemaking and peacekeeping. Nominations from Wilton Park staff are shortlisted by members of the Wilton Park Advisory Council, and Brian Marsh, founder of the Marsh Christian Trust (MCT) makes the final selection. The winners receive a financial award from the MCT to help further their work and a certificate signed by both the Chairman of Wilton Park and Brian Marsh.
Last week, we held a three day meeting in Swakopmund on Building a stronger HIV prevention response in Sub-Saharan Africa. Namibian First Lady Monica Geingos and the Hon Dr Bernard Haufiku, Minister of Health and Social Services, were joined by HIV experts from across the region, including top government officials, leading clinicians and researchers, civil society advocates and programme implementers for the event.