Creativity is GREAT Britain!
UK nominations for Oscars this year – 26 across 18 categories in 16 films – illustrates the diversity and world-class quality of UK filmmakers and crews.
Film is just one of a number of creative industries where the UK excels. British art, fashion, music and architecture are influential around the world!
Foreign Secretary William Hague & UK Ambassador Peter Westmacott with Twitter’s @Gov Team
While in Washington on an official visit, Foreign Secretary William Hague stopped by the Twitter DC offices. While there he hosted a live Twitter Q&A answering foreign policy questions from the public. Twitter users submitted questions using the hashtag #AskFS. The Foreign Secretary also took time to chat with the Twitter @Gov team about digital diplomacy and digital government efforts.
Read this joint op-ed by Foreign Secretary William Hague & US Secretary of State John Kerry.
Imagine that you’re caught in the cross-hairs of a civil war. Your family has been ripped apart, your home destroyed, your life forever changed. For many women in the world today, these horrors are only the beginning.
For too long, in too many places, sexual violence has been used as a weapon of war and intimidation. We see it in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where countless women have been subjected to targeted, grotesque violence. We see it especially in Goma, where one of us met in a hospital with young women so damaged by rape that they required surgery. And we see it in Syria today, where rape is being used as a tool of oppression.
So is this personal to us? You bet. But these stories should offend every reasonable conscience. Preventing sexual violence in conflict isn’t about politics. It’s about our common humanity, and we all need to be united in action against it.
That’s why the United Kingdom and the United States are working together to protect and empower vulnerable populations during conflict, humanitarian emergencies and peacetime.
Source: The Huffington Post
Twitter Q&A with the Foreign Secretary
Foreign Secretary William Hague will be answering your questions on foreign policy from Twitter’s DC office today at 12:30pm ET. Submit your questions on Twitter using #AskFS!
Foreign Secretary William Hague and US Secretary of State John Kerry will host a discussion on ending and preventing sexual violence in conflict situations on 25 February at 1:45 pm EST, at the US Department of State.
Zainab Hawa Bangura, UN Special Representative of the Secretary General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, and Catherine Russell, US Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, will also participate in the discussion.
The discussion will be moderated by Katherine Weymouth, Chief Executive Officer and Publisher of The Washington Post.
It will focus on the United States, United Nations, and United Kingdom’s joint efforts to prevent and respond to sexual violence in conflict situations and ongoing efforts to protect and empower vulnerable populations during conflict and humanitarian emergencies.
UK Science Minister David Willetts promotes science diplomacy in Chicago - Read Jack Westwood’s The Naked Scientists blog to learn more ›
A young Egyptian’s perspective on non-proliferation in the Middle East
By Karim Kamel, Middle East Next Generation Arms Control Specialists Network Fellow
Immersing myself in nonproliferation studies has been a thrilling life journey. Growing up in Egypt, I realized early in life that I live in a highly volatile region, where war rhetoric and existential threats prevailed. I remember thinking: can’t we do something different? Can’t we come up with an alternative to this apocalyptic vision?
After finishing my undergraduate studies majoring in political science and minoring in biology, I discovered that I really enjoy dealing with work that has both natural sciences and social sciences components. In this regard, nonproliferation was precisely the right field for me, and I decided to pursue a master’s degree on the subject.
While working at the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs in Vienna in 2012, I had the honor to meet Dr. Chen Kane, who told me about the Middle East Next Generation Arms Control Specialists Network. The idea of engaging in projects with young specialists from across the region on arms control sounded exciting, and I instantly confirmed my interest in joining.
I’m interested in nonproliferation in the Middle East not only because it fosters peace; I also find it fascinating because it exists in the intersection of science and policy. I not only have to understand the policies of controlling weapons of mass destruction (WMD), but also the materials that comprise WMD, and what technologies contribute to their development, control, and elimination.