Programme theme: Global economy

Promoting women’s political and economic engagement: ambition for the future took place as part of the FCO’s Week of Women campaign to help encouragement engagement in traditionally male dominated institutions in both developing and mature economies. The Niger Delta Development Forum helped discuss the varied challenges and opportunities for the people Niger Delta. Wildlife crime and international security worked towards coordinating action by bringing together traditional wildlife authorities and conservationists with law enforcement and financial anti-crime units.

Several events were organised in relation to international economic system. Unlocking the potential for the World Trade Organisation to deliver modern trade deals looked at moving beyond the Doha mandate to continues facilitating trade deals for developing nations, Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: collaboration, consensus and communication helped provide a clear roadmap to deliver a genuinely 21st century trade agreement and Disrupting cities through technology looked at global cities as important actors in international politics with an opportunity to disrupt global governance. ‘Smart Cities’ and methods by which they could engage their digital citizens were discussed by a wide range of experts.

We continue to place a strong emphasis on future leaders with a continuation of our contribution to the FCO International Leaders Programme. We also convened the first ILP regional alumni meeting in Mexico and ran the 30th anniversary event of the British German Forum for young leaders, this time focusing on strengthening resilience in a world of shocks and crises. We also developed and ran the first two events for young Caribbean leaders Caribbean 2030: new thinking for a generation, the first at Wiston House, the second in Kingston, Jamaica bringing the same cohort together. Supporting young leaders through international scholarship programmes was the focus of another discussion, identifying the case for investment, and how to ensure impact. We also engaged in the FCO’s Chevening Scholarship and Fellowship programme and chaired a Chevening alumni meeting celebrating UK-Georgia’s 20th anniversary of diplomatic relations in Tblisi.