2013: a year in review

News - 20 January, 2014

  This timeline looks back at some of the major events that took place in 2013.   February On February 4th, we opened The future of Europe conference. The conference analysed how a geometrically variable EU will develop and discussed whether European unity can be preserved in an increasingly diversified EU. …………………………………………………………………………………………. March Held in […]

China’s reform priorities stress ‘putting people first’

News - 9 January, 2013

Towards prosperity: implications and opportunities of the 18th Congress of the Communist Party of China (WP1196) Sunday 16 – Tuesday 18 December 2012   Adela Gooch, Programme Director, Wilton Park writes: China’s key challenges – managing high growth; maintaining social cohesion; instigating radical reform and fielding the population’s growing expectations were debated at a conference […]

Highlights from 2012

News - 19 December, 2012

Over the past 12 months, we have held events in a number of overseas locations as well as here at Wiston House in Sussex. In this summary, we look back at some of those discussions.  The 2012 programme has been extremely busy facilitating over 50 conferences and meetings. Most of these have been held at […]

First steps in China

News - 27 March, 2012

This month saw our first steps into China – working with the Central Party School, we held a two day, roundtable discussion in Beijing to discuss prosperity  in a new world economic order. Prosperity in a new world economic order 13-14 March 2012 (WP1163) Our project started with meetings at the Embassy and its key […]

China: forty years on and a new chapter opens…

News - 15 March, 2012

From Iain Ferguson in Beijing As Ambassador Sebastian Wood recalled, opening the first Wilton Park conference to be run in China, it was on this very day, in 1972 that Britain established full diplomatic relations, at Ambassadorial level, with the People’s Republic of China. “Our relationship is better, stronger and bigger than ever before in […]

First steps in China

News - 13 March, 2012

Iain Ferguson, Chair of the Wilton Park Board, writes: Every journey, however long, starts with a first step and, on Monday, Wilton Park took its first step in China. We started with meetings at the Embassy and its key staff who have helped us develop this first China conference. Sebastian Wood, our Ambassador to the […]

If we are so discreet, what on earth can we blog about?

News - 10 January, 2011

Richard Burge, Chief Executive, writes: Welcome to the Wilton Park blog Three times a week, we will send a short, pithy article reflecting on the global issues with which we wrestle. It is a linear blog, a single strand with many writers some of them will be my colleagues who specialise in particular areas of […]

UN Africa Industrialisation Day is 20th November. Our work on Africa

News - 17 November, 2010

Over 30 of the world’s 48 least developed countries are in Africa. 2010 is an important year for Africa and development work with the review of Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s). Five years after the Commission for Africa Report, a Wilton Park conference addressed Millennium Development Goals (MDG) progress and the inter-relationships between governance, peace and […]

‘China dialogues’ launch underway with engaged participation on harmonious society

News - 11 November, 2010

Speakers included Professor Shi Weimin from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences; Professor FuJun from the School of Government ,Peking University and Professor Wang Changjiang from the Central Party School of the Communist Party. Dialogue with China: towards ‘harmonious society’ governance, participation and social cohesion Thursday 4 – Sunday 7 November 2010 (WP1055)  Listen to […]

Launch of ‘China Dialogues’ examine China’s debate on how to achieve ‘harmonious society’

News - 4 November, 2010

Post credit-crunch themes include ‘how to build social cohesion while respecting the rights of the individual’ and ‘achieving balance between central, national and regional administration’ plus ‘approaches to achieve sustainable development’. Dialogue with China: towards ‘harmonious society’ governance, participation and social cohesion Thursday 4 – Sunday 7 November 2010 (WP1055) The conference takes place in […]