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The leading think tank working to make government more effective.

    How can the UK be a global leader in climate adaptation?

    How can the UK be a global leader in climate adaptation?

    Climate change is already devastating lives and livelihoods every year. With heatwaves, floods, wildfires and other extreme weather events becoming more common in the UK and around the world, all countries need to adapt and build resilience. So as the UK prepares to host COP26, the UK presidency has placed climate adaptation at the heart of its agenda.

    COP26 is a huge opportunity for the UK. How can the UK government show leadership on climate adaptation, both internationally and domestically? How can countries provide support for people most vulnerable to the effects of climate change? What role can early warning systems play and how can this help inform approaches by policy makers and donors? And how can the UK both learn from other countries facing climate risks and share the lessons of its own experiences?

    This panel event brought together experts from the UK and overseas to consider these and other questions:

    Richard Blewitt, Executive Director International at British Red Cross
    Rt Hon Baroness Brown, (Professor Dame Julia King), Chair of the Climate Change Adaptation Committee and Chair of the Carbon Trust
    Dr Jane Strachan, Head of International Applied Science at the Met Office
    H.E. Ms Saida Muna Tasneem, High Commissioner of Bangladesh to the UK

    The event was chaired by Marcus Shepheard, Senior Researcher at the Institute for Government.

    • 58 min
    In conversation with Sir Jeremy Farrar, Director of Wellcome Trust

    In conversation with Sir Jeremy Farrar, Director of Wellcome Trust

    Sir Jeremy Farrar has been at the heart of the global fight against Covid-19. As head of one the world’s most influential medical research charities and a leading member of SAGE, he has played a decisive role as complex decisions were taken to meet the rapidly-evolving threat of the pandemic.

    Sir Jeremy discussed his new book, Spike – The Virus v The People: The Inside Story, with Bronwen Maddox, Director of the Institute for Government. The book, co- authored with the Financial Times science columnist, Anjana Ahuja, sets out his reflections on the extraordinary last 18 months and puts forward his ideas on how the world can be better prepared to tackle future threats.

    • 58 min
    Does the UK have a trade strategy yet?

    Does the UK have a trade strategy yet?

    In our report Taking back control of trade policy, the Institute argued that the government needed a clear trade strategy. So far, the government’s main goal appears to be to strike as many deals as it can. But recent disagreements in cabinet over whether to open UK markets to Australian agricultural produce, and whether UK farmers will be able to compete, suggest that the government is still struggling to make the necessary trade-offs. This panel examined whether the UK has a trade policy, and if so, what it hopes to achieve.

    To discuss these issues, we were joined by:

    Martin Bell, Deputy Director of Trade at the Scotch Whisky Association
    Anna Isaac, Incoming Economics Editor at The Independent
    Graham Stuart MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Minister for Exports) at the Department for International Trade
    Emily Thornberry MP, Shadow International Trade Secretary
    Nick von Westenholz, Director of Trade and Business Strategy at the National Farmers Union

    The event was chaired by James Kane, Associate at the Institute for Government.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Reforming the Union: Mark Drakeford MS, First Minister of Wales

    Reforming the Union: Mark Drakeford MS, First Minister of Wales

    As part of a new series of events on the future of devolution and the Union, the Institute for Government was delighted to welcome The Rt Hon Mark Drakeford, Welsh Labour leader and First Minister of Wales.

    After setting out his vision for devolution and reforming the Union, based on the Welsh government paper, Reforming Our Union: Shared Governance in the UK 2nd Edition, the First Minister was in conversation with Akash Paun, Senior Fellow at the Institute for Government.

    The First Minister discussed the state of relations between Westminster and Cardiff, the scope for changes to the powers and funding of the Welsh government, the case for reform of the House of Lords, and what needs to be done to create a new culture of shared governance between UK and devolved administrations.

    • 59 min
    Parliament, trade and treaties

    Parliament, trade and treaties

    The Brexit negotiations demonstrated long-standing weaknesses in parliament’s ability to scrutinise trade negotiations and international treaties – with much of the May government’s time spent managing attempts by parliamentarians to enhance their role. In light of the government’s post-Brexit ambition to conclude new trade deals with countries around the world, this panel examined how parliament currently scrutinises international treaties and what more parliamentarians should do to ensure effective scrutiny.

    To discuss these issues, we were joined by:

    Jill Barrett, , Associate Member 6 Pump Court, International Law Consultant and former Foreign Office legal adviser
    Mark Garnier MP, Member of the House of Commons International Trade Committee and Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Department of Trade, 2016–18
    Professor Holger Hestermeyer, Professor of International and EU law at King’s College London
    Alex Horne, Counsel at Hackett and Dabbs LLP and Special Adviser to the House of Lords International Agreements Committee

    The event was chaired by Maddy Thimont Jack, Associate Director at the Institute for Government.

    The event was part of our day exploring 'Five years of the Department for International Trade: what progress has been made?' https://www.instituteforgovernment.org.uk/events/five-years-department-international-trade

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Creating the Department for International Trade

    Creating the Department for International Trade

    Membership of the EU meant that the UK had not had its own independent trade policy for more than 40 years. In one of her first acts as prime minister, Theresa May established the Department for International Trade to take on this function. This panel will look back at how department was established, how effective it has been in developing the UK’s skills and approach to international trade policy, and what more needs to be done to make the UK the big player in international trade it aspires to be.

    To discuss these issues, we were joined by:

    John Alty, Interim Permanent Secretary at the Department for International Trade
    Dr Lorand Bartels, Reader in International Law at the University of Cambridge and Counsel at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
    Sam Lowe, Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for European Reform
    Jill Rutter, Senior Fellow at the Institute for Government

    The event was chaired by Maddy Thimont Jack, Associate Director at the Institute for Government.

    The event was part of our day exploring 'Five years of the Department for International Trade: what progress has been made?' https://www.instituteforgovernment.org.uk/events/five-years-department-international-trade

    • 1 hr

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22 Ratings

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