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Wilton Park begins to celebrate its 70th anniversary year

18 Jan 2016 News
Two homes, one institution. Over the past 70 years Wilton Park has added its own successes to the rich history of Foreign & Commonwealth Office diplomacy. This journey is marked by its transition from a secret camp for interrogating enemy generals …

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human rights, migration, migrants,

The contribution and challenges of migrants

18 Dec 2015 News
Today, the world recognises International Migrants Day, celebrating the diversity, culture and economic gains that migrants bring to countries as they pursue better lives for themselves and their families. It also marks an opportunity to reflect on the challenges that …

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World leaders reach historic deal to tackle climate change

14 Dec 2015 News
Diplomatic efforts and international willingness to compromise brought a historic climate agreement in Paris this weekend as 196 countries agreed a landmark deal to tackle global warming. The 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on …

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Palestinian children wounded by a rocket strike on Beit Hanoun, January 1, 2009

Protecting our human rights

10 Dec 2015 News
Next year will mark the 50th Anniversary of two international human rights treaties: the International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). These treaties mark the foundations of the …

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Breaking the corruption chain

9 Dec 2015 News
International Anti-Corruption Day It is the opponent of the 2013 Lough Erne legacy, the buzzword of international footballing scandals, and a plague to the successful functioning of society worldwide: corruption. The concept itself is notoriously difficult to define; there does …

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Robin Hart and Geoffrey

From MDGs to SDGs – seeing the transition through the eyes of a child in rural Uganda

30 Nov 2015 Blog
Blog by Robin Hart, Director of Programmes Geoffrey was born in central Uganda in 2000, the year the MDGs were agreed. I have sponsored him through World Vision since 2007, and this summer had the privilege to visit him and …

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Image: Delgoff. from Paris, France

Africa Industrialisation Day

20 Nov 2015 News
Today the world recognises Africa Industrialisation Day celebrating the increasing economic development and industrial growth across the African continent. The day also marks a point for reflection on the continuing challenges facing many African nations in expanding their industrial progress, and …

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World Philosophy Day

19 Nov 2015 News
The third Thursday of November marks World Philosophy Day. A day that was first introduced by UNESCO in 2002 with the aim of honouring philosophical reflection and providing a platform for which to do so. The day provides the opportunity …

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World Toilet Day

19 Nov 2015 News
Today is World Toilet Day which aims to draw the world’s attention to the crucial nature of adequate sanitation which affects health, education, gender equality, nutrition, the environment and the economy. Goal 6 of the Sustainable Development Goals is to …

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human rights, diversity, minorities, religion,

Protecting the rights of ethnic and religious minorities

16 Nov 2015 News
Today marks the International Day for Tolerance, recognising the need for all countries to tolerate minority groups regardless of nationality, religion, language, race, sexuality or any other distinction that obscures common humanity. Challenges within the tolerance of minority groups have …

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