Politics

Delivering the Stable and Prosperous Nation the People of South Sudan Deserve
Health & Social, Politics, Social

Delivering the Stable and Prosperous Nation the People of South Sudan Deserve

Statement by Ambassador James Roscoe, UK Acting Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, at the Security Council briefing on UNMISS Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office Delivered on: 21 June 2021 (Transcript of the speech, exactly as it was delivered) Many thanks indeed, Mr President, and can I begin by joining others in thanking SRSG Fink Haysom for his briefing. Thank you for the honest analysis and reflections and also for setting out the very action-oriented plan for the mission going forward. It’s clear from what you said that there are some encouraging signs on the political level, but still really significant challenges at the security, governance and development and humanitarian level. And also our thanks also to Mr Rajab Mohandis for his briefing. As he was s...
Independent Candidate, Montaz Ali Azad, Launches Legal Challenge Against Oldham Ward’s May 6 Elections results
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Independent Candidate, Montaz Ali Azad, Launches Legal Challenge Against Oldham Ward’s May 6 Elections results

Independent Candidate, Montaz Ali Azad (pictured right) & Councillor Abdul Jabbar (pictured left)On May 6th, the results from Oldham's local elections revealed that Montaz Ali Azad, an independent candidate, lost to Councillor Abdul Jabbar, standing for the Labour party, by a mere 71 votes. Mr Azad is now legally challenging the results.2,171 votes were achieved by Mr Azad while Councillor Jabbar polled 2,242 votes. Mick Scholes stood for Coldhurst's Liberal Democrats party, Jean Betteridge for the Green Party, David Cahill for Conservatives, while Montaz Ali Azad, a former Labour councillor, stood as an independent candidate.Mr Azad claims that 'the election was void' and believes that the authorisation of a re-election is justifiable. Therefore, he has launched an election petition, ...
PM Meeting With Prime Minister of Hungary: 28 May 2021
Europe, Politics, World News

PM Meeting With Prime Minister of Hungary: 28 May 2021

Prime Minister Boris Johnson met with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán today. Prime Minister's Office, 10 Downing Street 28 May 2021 The Prime Minister met Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in Downing Street today. The leaders discussed the importance of the UK and Hungary working together bilaterally to increase security and prosperity in our countries and to address global challenges such as climate change. Hungary will take on the presidency of the Visegrád Group of Central European nations in July and the Prime Minister looked forward to the UK working more closely with the group in future. The Prime Minister raised his significant concerns about human rights in Hungary, including gender equality, LGBT rights and media freedom. The leaders also discuss...
Promoting an Inclusive and Effective Government to Ensure Political Stability in Somalia
Africa, Politics, World News

Promoting an Inclusive and Effective Government to Ensure Political Stability in Somalia

Speech Statement by Ambassador Barbara Woodward, UK Permanent Representative to the UN, at the Security Council briefing on Somalia Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office and Dame Barbara Woodward DCMG OBE 25 May 2021 Delivered on: 25 May 2021 (Transcript of the speech, exactly as it was delivered) Thank you, Mr President, and it is good to be back to the Security Council chamber. I’d like to start by thanking the briefers, Special Representative Swan and Ambassador Madeira, and His Excellency Foreign Minister Abdirizak. Mr President, the United Kingdom welcomes the opening of a new round of talks in Mogadishu and their ongoing positive progress, aimed at reaching consensus on an electoral model, and we give our full support to Prime Minister Roble as he chairs th...
Syria Presidential Election on 26 May: Quint Statement
Middle East, Politics, World News

Syria Presidential Election on 26 May: Quint Statement

Joint Statement by the Secretary of State of the United States of America, the Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom and the Foreign Ministers of France, Germany, and Italy on the presidential election in Syria. Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office and The Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP 25 May 2021 We, the Foreign Ministers of France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States of America wish to make clear that Syria’s May 26 presidential election will neither be free nor fair. We denounce the Assad regime’s decision to hold an election outside of the framework described in UN Security Council Resolution 2254 and we support the voices of all Syrians, including civil society organisations and the Syrian opposition, who have condemned the electoral process as illegitim...
Clear Steps Needed to Maintain Momentum towards Elections in Libya
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Clear Steps Needed to Maintain Momentum towards Elections in Libya

Speech Statement by Ambassador Barbara Woodward at the Security Council briefing on Libya Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office and Dame Barbara Woodward DCMG OBE 21 May 2021 Delivered on: 21 May 2021 (Transcript of the speech, exactly as it was delivered) I’d like to thank Special Envoy Kubiš and Ambassador Tirumurti for their reports and their work. As we’ve heard from other colleagues, this is a critical moment for Libya. There is now a pathway to national elections in December and a prospect of longer-term stability. A month ago this Council unanimously adopted resolution 2570, which sets out the next steps in four key areas: First, the relevant Libyan authorities, including Libya’s House of Representatives need to clarify the constitutional basis and any necessa...
Call for bids: supporting Women, Peace and Security in Iraq
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Call for bids: supporting Women, Peace and Security in Iraq

8 April 2021 British Embassy Baghdad CSSF Iraq is pleased to announce a call for bids for not-for-profit women’s rights organisations aiming to support the capacity, leadership and agendas of grassroots and women-led Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) working on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) issues across both Federal and the Kurdistan region of Iraq. Background CSSF Iraq The Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF) is a cross government fund that supports and delivers activity to tackle instability, prevent conflicts and respond to fragility. The CSSF operates in 70 countries, including Iraq. The CSSF Iraq programme delivers against 3 outcomes: The threat posed by terrorist actors is reduced by a coordinated state led security and governance apparatus. The state ...
Lord Chancellor’s Speech: Law and politics – the nightmare and the noble dream
Politics

Lord Chancellor’s Speech: Law and politics – the nightmare and the noble dream

Introduction and the role of the Lord Chancellor Thank you, Richard [Johnson, School of Politics and International Relations, QMUL]. It’s a pleasure to join you and everyone online. It has been claimed on various occasions, most recently by my friend and colleague the Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons that one expert on the constitution believes, and I quote, that it ‘has always been puzzling and always will be.’ I say quote because the expert in question is no less than Her Majesty the Queen. But I think I had better leave it there for the sake of well-known propriety. Let me start by saying how grateful I am to the School of Politics and International Relations for the invitation, and to Queen Mary University for the opportunity to speak today as ...
UK joint statement on progress made by the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum
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UK joint statement on progress made by the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum

A joint statement from the UK, with France, Germany, Italy and the US, in response to recent progress made by the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum: "The Governments of France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States welcome the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum’s (LPDF) vote in favor of the selection mechanism for a new interim executive authority, which will guide Libya toward national elections on December 24, 2021. This is an important step towards Libyan unity. The LPDF’s decision affirms the clear demands of the Libyan people that it is time for a change of the status quo. We encourage all Libyan parties to act urgently and in good faith to finalize the adoption through the LPDF of a unified and inclusive government. As participants in the Berlin Conference process and...
G7 Trade Ministers’ Meeting – Chair’s Statement
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G7 Trade Ministers’ Meeting – Chair’s Statement

Today, the G7 Trade Ministers held their first meeting under the inaugural G7 Trade Track. Trade Ministers underlined the vital role global trade has played in tackling the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, welcomed the contribution trade can make to a strong economic recovery, and emphasised the need to build back better. They reaffirmed the importance of the rules-based multilateral trading system and welcomed Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the new WTO Director-General, to their meeting. The G7 Trade Track has a bold purpose - to make the case globally for free and fair trade. G7 Trade Ministers are convinced that when the world’s leading democratic trading nations unite behind a shared agenda to make the global trading system fairer, more sustainable, and responsive to the needs of our citi...