civil rights

CPD highlights five significant books and articles on the connection between race relations and public diplomacy.

As the United Nations assesses the implementation of its 2030 Agenda for Development, including its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the estimated funding needs keep skyrocketing --- from the initial millions and billions to trillions of dollars annually. Roberto Bissio, Coordinator of Social Watch, said the International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates that all but a few countries have the necessary resources domestically to offer a dignified social protection floor to everybody.

President Obama says protecting LGBT rights worldwide remains an essential goal during his remaining tenure in office. “In too many places, LGBT individuals grow up forced to conceal or deny who they truly are for fear of persecution, discrimination and violence,” he said Tuesday in a statement. "All nations and all communities can, and must, do better.

The recent unrest in Baltimore has impacts far beyond the United States. Reputation matters, and events like those that transpired in Baltimore are a proverbial black eye on the U.S.’s image. More specifically, the impact is on public diplomacy.

Minneapolis rally to support the people of Baltimore

The perceptions of human rights in the U.S. and abroad.

After the March on Washington, homegrown protests occurred in countries from The Netherlands to Burundi. The growing criticism of racist policies in the United States was something that President Kennedy was sensitive to as he navigated Cold War politics and his administration struggled to create their own narrative of what the march meant.

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, and of Dr. King’s pivotal “I Have a Dream” speech, an event that will be commemorated later on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, in the very same spot where Dr. King spoke. Staff at the British Embassy are honoured to join people from across the globe in marking the anniversary. As we reflect on this historic occasion, we look at some of the connections between Dr. King’s work and the UK