• 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..

    READ MORE
  • 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..

    READ MORE
  • 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..

    READ MORE
  • Floods in Pibor0

    Skip to content Chris Trott
    UK Ambassador to South Sudan
    Part of UK in South Sudan
    28th November 2019 Juba, South Sudan
    Floods in PiborImagine you are living in a country that is facing a major humanitarian crisis and a civil war. And then it starts raining. Not for a day or two but solidly, for months. The town you are living in, with a population of around 40,000 people, is one of the poorest and most remote in the country, and is situated on a flood plain. Gradually the water rises and you realise that unless you act quickly nothing is going to survive.
    So you abandon your home, build a series of mini dykes round the three highest spots in the town and then frantically try to prevent them from being breached as the water level slowly peaks. And then it sits there, for weeks on end. And you are crammed into the space of a school yard with 7,000 others trying to survive. But every journey involves waist deep water and a trudge through mud of the consistency of treacle. Everyone in th..

    READ MORE
  • Floods0

    Skip to content Chris Trott
    UK Ambassador to South Sudan
    Part of UK in South Sudan
    28th November 2019 South Sudan
    FloodsImagine you are living in a country that is facing a major humanitarian crisis and a civil war. And then it starts raining. Not for a day or two but solidly, for months. The town you are living in, with a population of around 40,000 people, is one of the poorest and most remote in the country, and is situated on a flood plain. Gradually the water rises and you realise that unless you act quickly nothing is going to survive.
    So you abandon your home, build a series of mini dykes round the three highest spots in the town and then frantically try to prevent them from being breached as the water level slowly peaks. And then it sits there, for weeks on end. And you are crammed into the space of a school yard with 7,000 others trying to survive. But every journey involves waist deep water and a trudge through mud of the consistency of treacle. Everyone in the town is affec..

    READ MORE
  • Greening Western Balkans’ Environmental Behaviour0

    Skip to content Frosina Antonovska
    Chevening Scholar
    Guest blogger for UK in North Macedonia
    Part of Chevening Conversations UK in North Macedonia
    28th November 2019 Skopje, North Macedonia
    Greening Western Balkans’ Environmental Behaviour When it comes to tackling any of the environmental threats that humanity is faced with today, the first key challenge is to raise the awareness of the problem and the need for change of behaviour. This is a worldwide quest, and definitely not unique to the Western Balkan region. However, it is evident that Western Balkan countries are lagging behind in this process, and that they have many common issues to overcome.

    That is why we decided that the focus of the annual Macedonian Chevening Alumni Association (MCAA) conference this year should be exactly “Greening Western Balkan’s environmental behaviour”. We tried to tackle the key environmental awareness raising drivers from all relevant perspectives, beginning with the classical approach, and closi..

    READ MORE
Scroll Up