Meeting informally Security Council focuses on regional approach to Africas conflicts

Based on the theme “Regional approaches to conflict management in Africa,” today’s unofficial talks focussed on the advantages and shortcomings for the United Nations system, particularly the Security Council, to deal with conflicts in Africa from a regional perspective.Having looked for many years at conflicts on the continent predominantly from a “national” perspective, the UN is now trying to shift to a more “regional” and “subregional” approach.The meeting, which placed particular emphasis on West Africa and the Great Lakes region, was organized by Colombia, the current president of the Council, and the International Peace Academy.The Colombian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Guillermo Fernandez de Soto, and the President of the International Peace Academy, David Malone, opened the informal meeting, which was held at the Princeton Club in New York. read more

Automotive business environment to be put under spotlight at SMMT Open Forum

Session twoEuropean Production Outlook to 2018: the prospects for all major car and van plantsIan Henry, Director, AutoAnalysisThe automotive industry: would you recommend it to a friend? Mark Adams, Vice President – Purchasing, Toyota Motor EuropeElringKlinger: new European technologies driving global business Ian Malcolm, Managing Director, ElringKlingerUYT: pressing issues and overcoming challenges to growthCarl Milbourne, Head of Operations, UYT Councillor Paul Watson, Leader of Sunderland City Council said, “We are immensely proud of the progress and performance of the automotive industry in Sunderland and the North East Region.The achievements of Sunderland’s automotive and supply chain companies last year set the stage for a strong year of productivity and growth in 2014.  We, as a council, have always worked closely with regional, national and indeed international organisations on the infrastructure required, we will continue to do so as the automotive industry in Sunderland continues to grow and strengthen for many years to come.”Click through to register for Open Forum, the full programme is available here.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) The agenda for the SMMT’s forthcoming Open Forum has been announced, with a focus on creating a better business environment for developing the UK automotive supply chain.Taking place on Wednesday 19 March in Worcester,  and sponsored by Sunderland City Council, Open Forum will bring together approximately 300 delegates for a day of presentations from leading industry figures exploring new opportunities for UK-based automotive suppliers.Following an introduction from SMMT Chief Executive Mike Hawes, the presentations will be divided into two parts. The first will concentrate on the work of the Automotive Council and resulting opportunities for UK suppliers, while the second session will look at the wider automotive landscape.Both sessions will be followed by a Q&A session with the speakers, and an exhibition area will provide plenty of networking opportunities.SMMT Open Forum agendaSession oneAIO Overview: attracting overseas investmentJoe Greenwell, Chief Executive Officer, Automotive Investment Organisation, UK Trade and InvestmentAutomotive Sector Strategy Implementation: nurturing the automotive business environmentNick Grout, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills Technology Group: Advanced Propulsion Centre and core technologiesJerry Hardcastle, Global Chief Marketability Engineer, Nissan; Technology Group ChairSupply Chain Group: workstream progress generating supplier opportunitiesDave Allen, Purchasing Director, Jaguar Land Rover; Supply Chain Group Chair read more