Ningún país se salvó de la COVID-19, pero algunos —los «estados más frágiles» del mundo— enfrentan un conjunto de desafíos especialmente difícil. Antes de que llegara la pandemia Yemen, Sudán, Haití, Sierra Leona, Birmania, Afganistán, Venezuela y otros países con dificultades ya estaban agobiados por la pobreza, los conflictos, la corrupción y los malos gobiernos. Ahora estos factores los ponen en una situación especialmente delicada para lidiar con la crisis de la COVID-19.
Para soportar una pandemia, los países necesitan exactamente lo que les falta a los estados frágiles: un gobierno con capacidad institucional para diseñar e implementar un plan de acción integral, policía eficaz para hacer cumplir las normas, programas sociales para entregar dinero y provisiones, y sistemas de salud para atender a los contagiados.… Seguir leyendo »
If ever there was a time for a new approach to the humanitarian crisis in Syria, it is surely now. We are facing a critical shortfall in life-saving aid and a desperate movement of humanity. Hundreds of thousands of Syrians fear they have no alternative but to put their lives in the hands of evil people-smugglers, risking the prospect of freezing to death in the Balkans or drowning in the waters of the Aegean in search of a future.
The conference I am hosting in London tomorrow is seeking to change this. The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, Norway’s prime minister, Erna Solberg, His Highness the emir of Kuwait and I are working with more than 60 countries to deliver a new approach: combining a renewed effort on aid with a long-term plan that can offer Syrians hope for a better future in the region.… Seguir leyendo »
El 400 aniversario de la muerte de William Shakespeare de este año no es solo una oportunidad para conmemorar a uno de los dramaturgos más grandes de todos los tiempos. Es también una ocasión para celebrar la extraordinaria y persistente influencia de un hombre que —tomando prestada su descripción de Julio César— “se pasea por el mundo, que le parece estrecho, como un coloso”.
El legado de Shakespeare no tiene parangón: sus obras se han traducido a más de 100 idiomas y han sido objeto de estudio en medio mundo. Como señaló uno de sus coetáneos, Ben Jonson, “Shakespeare no es de una época, sino para todos los tiempos”.… Seguir leyendo »
This Monday morning I am visiting Paris to show our continued support to the French people and to discuss with President Hollande how we can work together to rid the world of this evil terrorist threat.
As the murders on the streets of Paris reminded us so starkly, Islamic State (Isil) is not some remote problem thousands of miles away; it is a direct threat to our security. So I want the British people to know they have a government that understands the importance of our national security and that we will take whatever actions are necessary to keep our country safe.… Seguir leyendo »
Seven decades ago, as our forces began to turn the tide of World War II, Prime Minister Winston Churchill traveled to Washington to coordinate our joint efforts. Our victories on the battlefield proved “what can be achieved by British and Americans working together heart and hand,” he said. “In fact, one might almost feel that if they could keep it up, there is hardly anything they could not do, either in the field of war or in the not less tangled problems of peace.”
Keep it up we have — not only winning that war for our survival but also building the institutions that undergird international peace and security.… Seguir leyendo »
Together with our NATO allies and coalition partners, the United States, France and Britain have been united from the start in responding to the crisis in Libya, and we are united on what needs to happen in order to end it.
Even as we continue our military operations today to protect civilians in Libya, we are determined to look to the future. We are convinced that better times lie ahead for the people of Libya, and a pathway can be forged to achieve just that.
We must never forget the reasons why the international community was obliged to act in the first place.… Seguir leyendo »
Naturally, I would prefer to see more positive headlines about the "big society", but I am very upbeat about the torrent of newsprint expended on this subject.
For too long, our country has failed to have a proper debate on how we can make our society stronger and give people more power. Now it is happening. And not just in the thinktanks of Westminster and newspapers of Fleet Street. The big society has been a topic of discussion on a wider basis – from being on the agenda at the General Synod to being debated in front of a live television audience.… Seguir leyendo »
Over the past 12 months, we've seen the devastation that unchecked climate change could bring – floods in Pakistan, forest fires in Russia, mudslides in China. And yet over the same 12 months we've seen a growing despondency about international efforts to protect our planet. Copenhagen was a disappointment for everyone who cares about climate change.
Though some important steps were taken, simply not enough progress was made. But today, as the world looks to Cancún, I want to argue that everyone who cares about climate change should take heart – because I believe there are three clear reasons to have hope for the future.… Seguir leyendo »
Celebro la histórica visita que el Papa Benedicto XVI realiza esta semana al Reino Unido. Viene a visitarnos como jefe de Estado y líder de una iglesia con más de seis millones de fieles en el Reino Unido, y alrededor de 1.200 millones en todo el mundo.
Al igual que otros credos religiosos, la Iglesia Católica pregona un mensaje de paz y justicia, y trabajamos estrechamente con ella para fomentar estas causas.
A pesar del momento difícil por el que atravesamos, hemos logrado conservar los recursos que destinamos al desarrollo internacional. El alivio de la pobreza es uno de los principales retos a los que se enfrenta el mundo.… Seguir leyendo »
In Britain today, too many people are denied the chance to escape poverty and build a better life for themselves and their family. Sadly, this is especially true for people in Britain's black community. Black pupils are permanently excluded from school at more than twice the rate of white pupils. Some 9,500 black children leave primary school every year unable to read, write and add up properly. And of the 3,000 students who started at Oxford in 2008, only five are black Caribbean in origin. This inequality extends to the job market too, with recent research showing almost half of young black people are unemployed, well over twice the rate for young white people.… Seguir leyendo »
We are mired in the deepest and longest recession since the Second World War, with deep social problems and a political system that is held in contempt. The State Opening of Parliament tomorrow ought to be about radical ideas to deal with this triple crisis.
Instead, by all accounts, the Queen’s Speech will be little more than a Labour press release on palace parchment. Don’t take my word for it. As The Times reported yesterday, a Cabinet minister has been boasting about the contents of the speech. What was said? That it was the most ambitious since Labour had come to power?… Seguir leyendo »