Posted at May 20, 2015, by Raleigh Addington, Comments Off on UN Patron of the Oceans Lewis Pugh nominated for 2015 Observer Ethical Awards as “Campaigner of the Year”
Lewis Pugh, endurance swimmer and UN Patron of the Oceans, has been nominated for the 2015 Observer Ethical Awards as “Campaigner of the Year”. This category recognises the public-facing campaigner who has made the biggest difference to Observer readers, and put ethical issues on the global agenda.
One of the world’s leading inspirational speakers, Lewis is a tireless campaigner for the creation of Marine Protected Areas (MPA). Most recently, he put his life on the line with a series of swims in Antarctica, and is now working to break the political deadlock preventing the creation of the world’s biggest MPA in the Ross Sea. According to the Observer, “His endeavours have already captured the hearts of the Russian public leading him to coin the term speedo diplomacy.”
Other nominees include Leonardo DiCaprio, Mary Robinson and Emma Watson.
Posted at April 7, 2015, by Raleigh Addington, Comments Off on “Imperfect deal will help an uneasy peace” writes Ambassador Nicholas Burns, expert speaker on US foreign policy
Writing in the FT on the historic nuclear agreement with Iran, Nicholas Burns, a leading analyst of US foreign policy in the Middle East, believes that an “imperfect deal will help an uneasy peace.”
Describing the negotiations as the “biggest foreign policy bet of Barack Obama’s presidency,” Nick argues that the deal will be “far from what was once envisaged at the State Department.” However, as “Iran now has the scientific and engineering knowledge needed to build a nuclear weapons…it is unrealistic to try to resurrect the demands of a decade ago.”
Despite this, Nick writes that “the Obama administration will have to fight to convince Congress that this is the right deal.” He notes that although the deal with Iran is a major accomplishment for the US and Europe – as it will help to keep an uneasy peace – this is merely the latest step in the “decades-long struggle for power with a wilful and often untrustworthy Iranian government.”