Romania UK Bilateral Forum
We are planning the Inaugural Romania UK Bilateral Forum.
In the context of the invasion of Ukraine, it is important to deepen and strengthen our relationship to demonstrate Allied unity, as well as to address key security challenges faced in Europe in 2023.
Building on 140 years of diplomatic relations, this bilateral will demonstrate the importance of relationship with a key NATO Ally, support for Ukraine and broader Black Sea Security.
Conflict Related Sexual Violence Survivor Retreat
We have been working on the Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative since its inception over 10 years ago.
Over the years we’ve enabled discussion with and about survivors, identifying ways to tackle stigma, exact justice and bring the perpetrators of these terrible crimes to account. The proposal to hold a Survivor led retreat was first raised at Wilton Park six years ago. And last week, with FCDO support and the leadership, and advice and insights of the UK’s PSVI Survivor Champions, Nadine Tunasi and Kolbassia Haoussou, it finally happened.
The survivors in attendance are all in positions of leadership, running projects to support other victims, providing training, legal, medical and psychological support and advising governments, using their own experiences to inform and improve policy making as it affects survivors. People came to Wilton Park to share that learning, to discuss ways in which to improve peer support, and to strengthen links with governments and non governmental organisations, so that they can further influence policies and legal processes in their own countries and reqions and through the international system.
Conflict Related Sexual Violence and Crimes Against Humanity
In continuation of this work, following the recent resolution in the UN’s 6th Committee to discuss the draft Crimes Against Humanity Convention (CAHC), this week we will convene an expert forum for technical discussions on the CAHC.
The discussions will help to feed into the 6th Committee negotiations in April 2023 and support the creation of a common position on an approach to gender equality and conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV) in the CAHC ahead of the meeting.
Wilton Park Youth Ambassador Network
We’re delighted to support the next generation of foreign policy and development experts. Last month we welcomed students from across the UK as they prepared to join the Wilton Park Youth Ambassador Network.
The Youth Ambassadors learnt about Wilton Park and the importance of networks and dialogue. Together, we developed new ideas on the opportunities and dangers of ensuring internet freedoms, with a focus on developing policy recommendations for its future and exploring how youth audiences can influence government and technology companies.
The Youth Ambassadors will now go on to plan and host Wilton Park-style dialogues at their universities.
Learn more about the Youth Ambassador Network.