On 30 August 2011 in Canberra, at a special event in the Lowy Institute’s Distinguished Speaker Series, Mr Dennis Richardson, AO, Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, spoke on the topic ‘DFAT: who are we, and what do we do?’ Mr Richardson outlined the role of his department and the diplomats heREAD MORE
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Weil inzwischen viele europäische Staaten Diplomaten damit beauftragten, die digitale Transformation auch außenpolitisch zu gestalten, soll auf europäischer Ebene jetzt ein Netzwerk eingesetzt werden. Seit 2018 hat Deutschland einen Digitalbotschafter im Auswärtigen Amt. Er soll Deutschlands Interessen in den Digital-Hubs der Welt vertreten, die digitale Transformation im Auswärtigen Amt selbst vorantreiben und Deutschland in wichtigenREAD MORE
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Skip to content Bob Last
Deputy Head, UK Mission Political Team
19th March 2020 Geneva, Switzerland
Corona Council (24 February – 13 March) I’ve long had a sense of foredboding about the 43rd session of the Human Rights Council. Those of us who’ve been around these parts longer than most tend to measure our life-spans in the number of Council sessions we’ve racked up, as well as years. I worked out some time ago that session 43 would be the one when my real age and my Council age would come together and it was not something I’d been looking forward to.
Before the session began, the biggest talking point had been how we would manage to finish the session on time following the drastic cuts in meeting time imposed on the Council by UN HQ. The fear was that the session might overrun by a couple of days into a fifth week. But who could have imagined this?
For the last few weeks, it felt like the walls were creeping in on us, slowly at first, but ever closer and more menacing as the scale a..