The Paris Climate Change Conference (also known as COP21) is a political milestone in the global fight against climate change. All 195 participating countries agreed to the resulting Paris Agreement. I will examine the key lessons from the negotiations in five categories that matter the most: diplomacy, politics, law, business and economics.
You're probably reading this post on a computer or mobile device via a vibrant glow emitted by the screen. So readily available to many of us, light and power only becomes evident in their unexpected absence - the frustration of dead batteries, power outages and darkness. Yet for 622million people in Africa, energy poverty is the norm. Home to one-sixth of the world's population, Africa receives only 4% of the world's energy supply... Inspired by my own childhood I knew that we could electrify Africa now, and we could do it quickly.
We're reaching the end of 2015 with no end in sight over Syria. The carnage and agony continue. So do the detentions, the torture, the deaths in custody, the "disappearances" and state gangsterism. The Syrian government's barrel bombings also continue and the ever-widening internationalisation of the conflict appears to mean that any eventual resolution is harder still to envisage. But what, if anything, have we learnt about the Syria crisis during 2015? Here are a few thoughts...
As shoppers partake in a rush to buy all those Christmas essentials (and indeed all the things you think you need but probably don't), this may not have much significance for the majority of people who are queuing up to pay for their goods, but it's prompted a lot of soul-searching in my mind.
I am on a mission to decare our nation and reclaim families as families. What I mean by this is that the carer rhetoric has destroyed families, where power dimensions have been perverted. What we need to do is to focus on family cohesion, ensuring a family can remain a interdependent unit.
Downpour will wipe out the field. Beds will be drenched in mud, the air so cold the children wont sleep, the conditions so hideous the parents will fear for their families lives. I was impressed by the positivity and the drive, but all I could think was how the fuck these people will survive the winter?
I really hope people will get behind Singing for Syrians this Christmas and help raise money for these two brilliant charities. Since the start of the conflict in 2012 the UK has allocated more than £1.1billion to help meet the immediate needs of vulnerable people in Syria and of refugees in the region. However, there is always more that can be done.
Of the 11Million Disabled people in the UK, 6% of those are Children. That means that 1 in 20 families have a child with a Disability. Yet a study f...
It's not so surprising to hear that Kasia and I visited Barcelona again last week. We do love a little trip there! What is less known, however, are the reasons why we went this time and what we got up to.
Ah, Christmas shopping. The smart ones among us started in August, have all their wrapping done, and are putting their feet up and smirking as they listen to the rest of us mere mortals bemoaning the hazards of shopping in December.
Over the years, it has become more and more crucial for Peace One Day to hold other events throughout the year. Their purpose is not only to help raise awareness of the day but also the much-needed funds in order for us to continue our work in the Great Lakes region of Africa and the world.
On Saturday, when the final agreement emerges, the EU more than any other economic block will need to see a clear and unambiguous signal that the world is serious about tackling this issue and that the momentum for change is now unstoppable.
We all have a specific take on the world based on our experiences and upbringing. We can't change that but we can change our reaction to situations or news stories. We can recognise when we're making a judgement based our opinions rather than facts. We can consider all sides of the story. If you're scared. Admit it. If you don't understand. Ask a question. Just as a child would do...
Right now, we all have an opportunity to win - to leave a safe, sustainable climate for our children and future generations, to establish a more equitable and secure society and to create a mutually prosperous economic future. If we do it right and right now, we may not be too late.
She was waiting for me in an Addison Lee outside of St Pancras. She told me she was my key worker. We made small talk as we drove a to a grand Georgian house. We sat in her office for hours filling in forms before she issued me with my PO Box address, door keys and the one refuge rule - no one must know where you are.
I am not sure that you can help with my wish or even that I believe that you read these letters any more. Perhaps these days your correspondence goes straight to a limb of the State or to a global retail corporate who then converts a child's desire for this or that piece of merchandise into a miraculous suggestion in a hapless parent's e-basket. But hope springs eternal and so I ask whoever is reading to tweak the consciences of the powerful so as to empower the vulnerable. In 2015, let's save our Human Rights Act.