World leaders reach historic deal to tackle climate change

News - 14 December, 2015

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 Climate Change (COP21) brought together 50,000 people including 150 World Leaders to limit the global […]

World Humanitarian Day 2015

News - 19 August, 2015

Today marks World Humanitarian Day; honouring those who have lost their lives in humanitarian service and those who continue to bring assistance and relief to millions. The day was chosen by the UN General Assembly to coincide with the anniversary of the 2003 bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq. It serves as […]

Wilton Park media workshop in Vietnam

News - 14 November, 2013

Facilitating a workshop for journalists takes Wilton Park to Vietnam for the first time. Publicising disaster preparedness activity through the news is a crucial part of mitigating the impact of extreme weather events on vulnerable populations. Disaster preparedness in Vietnam: getting the story out before the disaster hits Thursday 14 – Saturday 16 November 2013 (WP1310) […]

Addressing the changing landscape of humanitarian action: encouraging complementarity rather than competition

News - 8 November, 2013

The contours of global power and influence are changing. Rising global powers are playing an increasingly active humanitarian role, and international development architecture is changing. How do those engaged in humanitarian assistance envision the trajectory of their future work together? Advancing humanitarian action: engaging with rising global actors to develop new strategic dialogue and partnerships […]

Reducing disaster risk in South and South East Asia

News - 5 November, 2013

In partnership with the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) we are hosting a high level, two day discussion on managing urban flood risk in Southeast Asian river deltas. Challenges in flood risk management in urban areas of river deltas in South and South East Asia Wednesday 6 November – Thursday 7 November 2013 (WP1257) One […]

World Humanitarian Day 2013

News - 19 August, 2013

Today is World Humanitarian Day – the fourth such day since the date was designated as such in 2009. The day commemorates the lives of humanitarian personnel killed whilst working to help those in need. The 19 August was chosen to immortalise the sacrifice of UN staff who lost their lives in the bombing of […]

Using science better to reduce the risk of disasters

News - 17 May, 2013

Ahead of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, we launch our report on building global resilience through scientific innovation following our recent conference. This is part of our ongoing contribution to discussions on disaster risk reduction and ensuring communities are more resilient. Building global resilience to natural disasters: translating science into action 28-30 January […]

Kenyan fuel pipeline blast flooding in South Asia

News - 13 September, 2011

The blast of a leaking fuel pipeline in Kenya and the explosion at a French nuclear storage plant on 12 September as well as the on-going flooding across South Asia are timely reminders of the environmental and humanitarian impacts of disasters.   Environmental emergencies: strengthening the multilateral humanitarian and environmental response Monday 12 – Thursday […]

Gearing ourselves up

News - 26 August, 2011

  Richard Burge, Chief Executive, writes: This has been an interesting summer around the world; many people engaged in foreign affairs wonder if they have had a break at all. At Wilton Park, we do not run any events in August. This summer month enables us to put our head above the fray catch up […]

Is a humanitarian disaster a domestic issue?

News - 17 January, 2011

Richard Burge, Chief Executive, writes: I have just received a New Years greeting by email from the Asia Disaster Preparedness Center in Bangkok.  It was full of hope and gentleness, of optimism and peace with the deep sincerity that can come only from those who daily wrestle with the horror often random and indiscriminate that […]