It's a toughie. Famously tongue-tied in foreign languages, and notwithstanding the 200+ languages widely spoken in London and Manchester alone, the fact is the UK needs more people speaking more languages.
The Middle East is a key region of interest because although increasing numbers of women are receiving a good standard of education, the region still lags behind on the core issue of economic equality. On a global scale, the latest figures from the World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap Report show that although the gender gap in education is 93% closed, the gap in economic equality has closed by only 60%.
With no minimum age of marriage in Yemen, while Hiba and others are out of danger for the moment, without any legal sanctions to support them, these girls remain at serious risk. However, things may be about to change at last.
When WWF first suggested I make a film with them to highlight the plight of the mountain gorillas and the local communities in an area targeted for exploration by international oil companies, it had never crossed my mind that my life might end in a tropical rainforest. We landed in Uganda late at night, after an eight-hour flight, and arrived at our hotel feeling a little deflated. We were all tired from the 18-hour journey and there was no food in sight. I had brought my eight-year-old daughter Gracie with me. We cuddled up with Rabbit (her favourite toy) and fell asleep, exhausted, but excited for what the morning would bring.
As a cook and restaurateur who's keen to do my bit to help the environment, I'm always on the lookout for ways we can help minimise the impact of the food waste that busy restaurant kitchens create. So when Tristram Stuart and I met and started chatting about the idea of trying to reverse the ban on food waste, I felt that we were onto something hugely exciting.
The scale of the problems we're facing around the world nowadays clearly shows that our current model of leadership and way of thinking sorely needs a refresh. It requires change at all levels, but more importantly it requires change from each and every one of us.
Since 2011, our Food Revolution Uruguay ambassador team has aimed at getting together people who foster a like-minded spirit and take part in different projects sharing the same food goals.
I have become a bit evangelical around issues of sex and disability. When I started my career as a TV presenter and journalist in the early 1990s I convinced Channel 4 to commission a documentary on the subject called Willing and Able, which I think explored many of the issues that Enhance The UK are still trying to confront over twenty years later.
Iain Duncan Smith is a man on the run, and with good reason, as an ever increasing number of damaging facts pursue him.
In this year of multiple megadisasters, will the world scale up its humanitarian aid to respond to the Philippines, Syria, Congo and the countless other different crises? Or will it in 2013 fail the test it passed three years ago?
It didn't take long to drive from perfect normality to total devastation. Heading north from our base in Cebu city, we passed through areas completely untouched by Typhoon Haiyan. But after a few hours we started seeing trees blown down - then, suddenly, we were in the disaster zone.
Imagine that you're in jail for some reason - solitary confinement, small cell, just an iron bedstead to lie on, no mattress. The main item in your daily diet is espresso coffee. Not just some, but lots. And lots. 125 shots a day, in fact. And you're forced to drink it.
The Rainforest Foundation has always spoken out on behalf of local communities. 'We want to help communities such as the tribes in Cameroon and the Congo, secure the right to manage their own environment, allow them sustainable livelihood within the forest'.
As the UK government belatedly announced the deployment of HMS Illustrious to bring emergency relief to the dying typhoon victims of Tacloban, Philippines Climate Chief, Yeb Sano ,addressed the urgency of climate change and the need for global cooperation in order to lessen the frequency of such devastating natural disasters.
Aid agencies around the country, and around the world, are working around the clock to ensure relief is brought to the thousands left stricken by the storm. We are incredibly proud of the work we do but there is a long way to go.
Coming soon near you it's The Terminator. Yes, folks the fully autonomous weapon is firmly on the horizon. Whether on the battlefield or targeted on the streets, these weapons should have no place in warfare or policing. But a future where the decision on whether you live or die could soon be made by a Killer Robot. It sounds like science fiction, but the reality is moving ever closer.