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David Miliband

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"What is needed is nothing short of an energy revolution"

Posted 17 November 2008 by David Miliband  |  12 comments
The International Energy Agency's World Energy Outlook 2008 published on 12 Nov is worth a look. It makes key points about how we cannot let the financial/economic crisis delay urgent actions needed to move to a low carbon economy. And that the danger for the climate of continued high carbon dependence is "shocking".


David Miliband
17 November 2008
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ASEM in Beijing: Walking the Silk Road

Posted 24 October 2008 by David Miliband  |  2 comments

There is more than a little irony that the 7th Asia Europe meeting (with representatives of half the world's people), focused on the crisis of international finance markets, should be taking place in the Great Hall of the People. The Chinese government have reaffirmed their commitment to stabilise the global market - because China depends on it. China's own economic growth is vital to the rest of us; and our stability and growth is vital to China. But this isn't quite what the Great Hall was originally intended for...

I got my own insight into how China is changing with a pre Conference open session with the Young Communist League. This youth organization boasts 73 million members, and spans culture as well as politics. It's not clear whether the young leaders see economic growth or ideological renewal as the key to the stability of the system and the power of the Communist Party. But the discussion was pretty open.

The recurring theme of western perceptions of China's rise - and media coverage of it - was tempered by willingness to listen and reflect on the virtues of pluralism and the foundations of strong socialism in the protection and promotion of human rights.

The young people drawn from China's universities were a good advertisement for the new China: globally engaged, enquiring, keen to travel, ambitious for themselves, and more than able to hold their own on the economic crisis, climate change, nuclear proliferation and human rights. It's interesting listening to the opening speeches. The focus on the economic crisis could be a spur to franker and more urgent discussion of climate change and human rights, rather than detract from them. The historical record shows that the opposite is possible: countries turning inwards, neglecting common problems. But this is not inevitable.



David Miliband
24 October 2008

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25 October 2008

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25 October 2008

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UNGA Re-Cap 5: Russia: Hard-headed engagement

Posted 01 October 2008 by David Miliband  |  6 comments

Russia’s differences with the UK over Georgia are well known. I saw President Saakashvili in New York on Saturday. All eyes are on compliance with the cease fire plan, the entry of European peace monitors, support for the Georgian economy and the Geneva talks on long term resolution of the issues starting mid October.

My meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov included Georgia on its agenda. But we also found common ground on the Middle East and the Iranian nuclear programme. Russia remains important in both. A serious, businesslike half an hour.



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01 October 2008
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Green Peace

Posted 08 May 2008 by David Miliband  |  9 comments

The day of a record oil price of $122 a barrel was a good day to give a lecture at the LSE on the geopolitics of high carbon dependence. The common feature of the resource crunch on fuel, food and water is the hydrocarbon economy. We are being hit in our pockets for being locked into the electricity, heat and transport systems that cause climate change, turning on its head the argument that we cannot afford to take action on climate. See what you think of the argument.



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08 May 2008
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Thank you Germany

Posted 08 May 2008 by David Miliband  | 

You read a lot about the German economy being on its knees. In fact it has been over the last two years the world's top export nation and German companies provide 400,000 jobs in the UK, second only to the US. Meanwhile I was told yesterday by our Ambassador there that our exports to Germany are booming as British companies take advantage of the strengthened Euro to sell into the Euro zone.



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08 May 2008
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Flood or turnstile?

Posted 30 April 2008 by David Miliband  | 

The IPPR report published today on migration by the 8 "new" EU members is a comprehensive survey of the evidence. These are people above all from Poland. The numbers who arrived were large: a current resident population about 550,000 higher than 2004. But so are the numbers leaving - half of the million in total who have arrived have since left (for example the Polish economy is doing much better, with the pound/zloty relationship now 1:4 not 1:7, which is encouraging people to go home). So the market works in this area.

The strains of immigration are rightly discussed. So should the gains: I saw a figure on Monday saying the employment rate among Poles was 97 per cent, so very few are claiming benefits. I gather Germany has extended restrictions on entry by A8 countries. We are right to stick with our approach.



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30 April 2008
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