Region: Global Issues

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BGIPU Discussion with Minister Jeremy Browne on the Emerging Powers Initiative

On 22 May the BGIPU hosted a meeting with Foreign Office Minister, Jeremy Browne MP, to discuss the Foreign Office Emerging Powers Initiative (EPI). The Initiative was established in May 2010 to co-ordinate a cross-government strategy aimed at creating much deeper relationships with the emerging powers, in pursuit of UK security and prosperity objectives. 

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The BGIPU marks the State Opening of Parliament 2012

At an event to mark the State Opneing of Parliament FCO Minister, Alistair Burt MP, noted that the work of the BGIPU involved close and continuing support from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. He said it was vital that we support each other’s work and the FCO fully recognised the valuable role played by parliamentarians in enhancing dialogue and cooperation between nations.

Michael McCann MP in Busan, ROK

Parliamentary Meeting on 4th High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness, Busan, ROK

The most important words uttered at the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness came from Lee Myung-bak, the President of the Republic of Korea. Fifty years ago when he was a child and Korea was a war ravaged country, it needed aid. Today it’s the 13th largest economy in the world, the second fastest growing economy in the OECD and an aid donor. That single statement confirms that despite the complexity of aid, despite the myriad cultures, despite the challenges that are presented from clean water to conflict to corruption, aid works.

UN Headquarters in New York

Towards Economic Recovery: Rethinking Development, Retooling Global Governance

In cooperation with the Inter-Parliamentary Union, the UN convened a Parliamentary Hearing on Towards Economic Recovery: Rethinking Development, Retooling Global Governance at UN Headquarers in New York from 3 to 4 December 2010.  Parliamentarians from around 70 countries were able to discuss key opportunities and challenges for ensuring sustainable economic development with a particular focus on current institutions of global governance and how they might need to be adapted to better respond to current global economic conditions.