• For better environment: Don’t Ignore! React!0

    Skip to content Zaneta Trajkoska
    Director of the Institute of Communication Studies
    Guest blogger for UK in North Macedonia
    Part of UK in North Macedonia
    13th December 2019 Skopje, North Macedonia
    For better environment: Don’t Ignore! React! “All of us should be persistent in our commitment to a cleaner and healthier environment, through self-criticism and timely and rapid response, towards addressing the effects of climate change. As President, I shall commit myself for policies for environmental protection and protection of the national biodiversity, and will support all civic initiatives that promote the public awareness on environment. It is up to us whether we shall live in a clean and healthy environment. That is why I call upon all of you all to join this joint mission and to leave a cleaner and safer country to the future generations in which they will live in.”

    This was emphasized by the President of North Macedonia in Skopje, at the November Climate Action Conference: to Pr..

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  • SIN Spins up Flurry of UK-US Collaboration in Offshore Wind Energy Innovation Ahead of COP260

    Skip to content Karla Hagan
    Head of Science and Innovation Network, Washington, DC
    Guest blogger for Science and Innovation Network USA
    Part of Global Science and Innovation Network
    12th December 2019 Science Innovation USA
    SIN Spins up Flurry of UK-US Collaboration in Offshore Wind Energy Innovation Ahead of COP26The UK’s global leadership in clean growth is clear. It is the first major economy to legislate for net-zero emissions by 2050, and in order to help developing countries take action the UK has committed to doubling International Climate Finance contributions by 2025. Within the clean energy sector, offshore wind energy deployment in the UK represents a whopping 34% of the world’s total installed capacity. As the UK prepares to host COP26 in partnership with Italy in November 2020, the Science and Innovation Network’s work in the US highlights UK expertise internationally, promotes global collective action, and furthers the deployment of clean energy in the United States.
    Cop..

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  • Liverpool-Salzburg crunch match – who’d have thought?  Plus: travel advice

    Liverpool-Salzburg crunch match – who’d have thought? Plus: travel advice0

    Liverpool-Salzburg crunch match – who’d have thought? Plus: travel advice Austria has been awarded a fantastic early Christmas present on 10 December.
    At 1755 local time on Tuesday night Liverpool will visit to play Red Bull Salzburg in the final game of the Champions’ League group stage. Both teams need a result: if Liverpool lose they are likely to go out of the competition. If Salzburg win, they go through.
    As a Manchester United fan I am in theory supposed to hate Liverpool, but somehow the wires have got crossed and I usually support Liverpool against any other team. Last season I several times enjoyed watching them in the Champions’ League at the Red Lion, a Liverpool supporters’ pub in the third district of Vienna.
    I’m also a big fan of Austrian football, which has many fi..

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  • A Woman’s Place is in the House… of Parliament

    A Woman’s Place is in the House… of Parliament0

    Skip to content Matt Field
    British Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina
    5th December 2019 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
    A Woman’s Place is in the House… of Parliament Along with many others across Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), the UK Embassy is currently marking ’16 Days of Activism’ to combat violence against women. Why only 16 days, you might well ask, and what does this mean for the other 349? By giving this critical problem a defined period of focus, running from 25 November (International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women) to 10 December (International Human Rights Day), we shine a light on the different forms that violence against women takes, hoping to motivate and energise fighting this phenomenon all year round.
    I want now to concentrate on one particular aspect of violence against women, attacks targeted at those in public life, and politics in particular. What is the experience of women in the parliamentary ‘House’? Earlier this year, the Westminster Foundati..

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  • Disarmament blog: Towards a World Free of Land Mines0

    Skip to content Aidan Liddle
    UK Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament
    4th December 2019 Geneva, Switzerland
    Disarmament blog: Towards a World Free of Land Mines The Norwegian capital Oslo is where, in September 1997, the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention (APMBC) was concluded, and also where the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, and its founder Jody Williams, were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize the following year. So although the Convention is often known as the Ottawa Convention, after the city where the negotiations were opened in 1996 and where it was formally signed in December 1997, Oslo has a good claim to be at least one of its spiritual homes.
    It felt like a homecoming then when last week, the now 164 States Parties, along with observer States, international organisations and civil society, returned to Oslo for its 4th Review Conference. The Conference took stock of progress since the last Review Conference in Maputo in 2014, and adopt..

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  • Greening the Macedonian environmental behaviour: Let’s try a proven approach0

    Skip to content Besart Ljachi
    Chevening Scholar
    Guest blogger for UK in North Macedonia
    Part of Chevening Conversations UK in North Macedonia
    3rd December 2019 Skopje, North Macedonia
    Greening the Macedonian environmental behaviour: Let’s try a proven approach It is that time of the year again. The air gets foggy and our vision blurry, but ironically, this is the time when we can clearly see (and smell) our most critical issue. According to the World Health Organization, around 2,574 deaths annually can be attributed to the air pollution. In addition, the World Bank has calculated a 250 million EUR price tag that this problem brings to our economy, which represents a cost equal to significant 3.2% of the GDP.
    In a true reflection of Chevening values, the Macedonian Chevening Alumni Association achieved to bring its expertise and network into play, aiming to address this grave issue. The “Greening Western Balkans’ Environmental Behaviour” conference approached environmental behaviour f..

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