This has been a good year for Wilton Park, with renewed recognition of our role as a strategic diplomatic asset, and growing demand for our expertise and convening power.
Building the time and space to broker honest dialogue between governments, experts, business, and civil society is as difficult, but as important as it has ever been.
While inevitably our attention is on addressing Russian aggression in Europe, conflict in Israel, Gaza and the West Bank, and tackling climate change, we have also been focused on other key issues such as keeping the global trade system moving, helping governments understand new technologies, supporting the needs of women and girls in developing countries, and preventing the spread of chemical, biological and nuclear weapons.
Our increasing success is a testament to all our staff and the uniquely welcoming, relaxed but focused thought space for dialogue they create. It’s something many of our participants comment upon as being core to what makes Wilton Park so special. Our role and efforts will continue to expand next year, but we cannot build the networks and outcomes the world needs without constantly expanding and innovating our partnerships across government, business, academia, and civil society.
If you have the insight, resources, or networks to support our efforts to build dialogue to address the world’s most pressing challenges, we want to hear from you. Please do get in touch, and we look forward to working with colleagues old and new to find practical routes to a peaceful, free and prosperous world in 2024.