The history of Wilton Park and the Human Rights Council

News - 9 September, 2014

The Human Rights Council (HRC) is currently holding its twenty-seventh regular session, which runs from 8 to 26 September 2014. Our meetings have contributed towards the creation of the HRC, and we continue to hold regular discussions on topical human rights issues. In February 2004 we held an informal meeting on Addressing contemporary security threats: […]

World Cup victory sets UK and German ‘high fliers’ in high spirits for a successful 29th British German Forum

News - 21 July, 2014

Wilton Park’s 29th British German Forum convened 50 ‘high fliers’ from Germany and Britain, aged between 25 and 35 to discuss ‘A smarter Europe: cooperation, competition and innovation in the 2020s.’ British German Forum 2014 A smarter Europe: cooperation, competition and innovation in the 2020s Sunday 13 July – Thursday 17 July 2014 (WP1320) Chaired […]

The future of peace operations: a comprehensive review?

News - 18 June, 2014

Our conference on Promoting effective international peace operations in increasingly complex environments closed yesterday. The conference followed the announcement on 11 June 2014 by the UN Secretary General that he has “asked the Secretariat to initiate work on a review of United Nations peacekeeping”. Promoting effective international peace operations in increasingly complex environments Sunday 15 – […]

End Sexual Violence in Conflict: Global Summit

News - 9 June, 2014

The Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict takes place this week in London. Foreign Secretary, William Hague, and Angelina Jolie, Special Envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, will be cochairing the summit which will be the largest gathering to take place on this issue, looking to build a practical path forward […]

NATO’s 65th anniversary

News - 4 April, 2014

2014 is a year which marks many historic anniversaries such as the centenary of the First World War, twenty five years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, and today NATO’s 65th anniversary of its foundation. On 4 April 1949 the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) was created by the United States, Canada and several […]

Wilton Park in 2014 – what does power mean in the modern world?

News - 17 January, 2014

We start the year by considering the future of power and the challenges of modern diplomacy and policy planning – a theme which continues throughout our conferences in the first part of the year. We began by looking at how power is defined in the world today, how this concept is changing, and who will […]

The G8 makes landmark declaration on preventing sexual violence

News - 19 April, 2013

On 11 April 2013, UK Foreign Secretary, William Hague launched the G8 Declaration on Preventing Sexual Violence, alongside Special Representative of the Secretary General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Hawa Bangura. Mr Hague was also joined by Special Envoy of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Angelina Jolie, and G8 Foreign Ministers. Collectively, the […]

UN Security Council debates children and armed conflict

News - 19 September, 2012

On 19 September the UN Security Council will hold its annual open debate on children and armed conflict. Wilton Park’s conference examined progress in this field, identifying emerging challenges and developing ideas for moving the agenda forward. Protecting children affected by armed conflict: advancing the agenda of the last 10 years Wednesday 21 – Friday […]

Civil resistance seizes the moment

News - 24 February, 2011

  Robert Grant, Programme Director, writes: Wilton Park conferences, bringing senior stakeholders and experts to the UK from many different corners of the world, most often require significant advance planning. Occasionally, a conference whose date is set many months in advance can somewhat fortuitously end up perfectly timed to coincide with rapidly breaking, critical developments […]

Talking while fighting conference delivers valuable insights and lessons

News - 11 January, 2011

Bringing out valuable insights regarding political reconciliation processes during internal conflict, the conference highlighted many potential lessons to help inform an evolving political process in Afghanistan. Talking while fighting: conditions and modalities Friday 10 – Sunday 12 December 2010 (WP1087) The conference examined a wide range of internal conflicts, including thematically focused case study sessions on […]