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Memorandum of Understanding between Wilton Park and the Alexandre de Gusmão Foundation in Brazil

On 1 February 2018, Permanent Under-Secretary Sir Simon McDonald KCMG KCVO signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on behalf of Wilton Park with the Fundação Alexandre de Gusmão (FUNAG), represented by Ambassador Sérgio Eduardo Moreira Lima.

The Marsh Awards one year on

It has been a year since Dr Rouba Mhaissen, Founder and Director of SAWA for Development and Aid, was presented with a Marsh Award for Peacemaking and Peacekeeping. In this short video, Rouba gives an update on her work in Beirut helping to provide relief, education, medical assistance and livelihoods for Syrians displaced by the civil war.

Building bridges: TEDxWhitehallWomen and the Marsh Award

Kirsty Cockburn, Director of Policy and External Affairs, writes: On a crisp sunlit Friday morning earlier this month, we gathered at Tower Bridge for TEDxWhitehallWomen ‘on board’ the stone frigate HMS President. Under the theme of ‘Bridges’ we were buoyed with anticipation for the day ahead. Meanwhile, just down the river, Westminster had woken up with a shudder. The rolling news highlighted suspensions and accusations about inappropriate behaviour largely directed towards women. The issue, from Hollywood to Cricklewood, deemed endemic, and finally, it seemed, an ugly truth about inequality was being exposed. At TEDx the ebullient host Shola Mos-Shogbamimu captured the mood from the off, getting us on our feet and of one voice:  “What do we want? Change! When do we want it? Now!”

2017 Marsh Award for peacemaking and peacekeeping

The annual Marsh Award is presented to participants nominated for having made an impactful contribution to peacemaking and peacekeeping. Nominations from Wilton Park staff are shortlisted by members of the Wilton Park Advisory Council, and Brian Marsh, founder of the Marsh Christian Trust (MCT) makes the final selection. The winners receive a financial award from the MCT to help further their work and a certificate signed by both the Chairman of Wilton Park and Brian Marsh.

Building consensus on human rights in a rapidly changing world

We began 2017 with a forward looking discussion in the latest of our annual series of human rights roundtables. This year’s topic was The future of human rights in a multi-polar world: exploring opportunities for further engagement, recognising the continued diffusion of power and influence on a global scale.

The 2016 Marsh Award for Peacemaking and Peacekeeping

On Sunday 13 November 2016 we hosted the third presentation of The Marsh Award for Peacemaking and Peacekeeping. This year’s recipient, Dr Rouba Mhaissen, is a Lebanese-Syrian and the Founder and Director of Sawa for Development and Aid, a non-profit organisation that supports Syrian refugees in Lebanon, and Sawa Foundation UK which supports forced migrants in Europe and the Middle East.

Advancing the rights of LGBTI+ persons of faith and in faith communities: partnerships for progress (WP1488)

In the run-up to the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia on 17 May 2016, we look ahead to the second in our series of events focusing on the human and civil rights of LGBTI+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or interse

Maintaining human rights in the mainstream

Wilton Park’s Chief Executive Richard Burge was part of a panel launching the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Human Rights and Democracy Report.

Wilton Park and UNGASS 2016: reassessing modern international drugs policy

In November 2015 more than thirty countries and institutions met at Wilton Park for a preliminary roundtable meeting in preparation for UNGASS 2016 which was held between April 18 and April 21 in Vienna this year. Pressure for a reassessment of drug control has grown in countries across the globe since the last UNGASS on drug policy in 1998.

Protecting our human rights

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…