Chair: Cllr Zoë O'Connell (Vice Chair, FCC). Aide: Geoff Payne (Chair, FCC).
Hall Aide: Cllr Victor Chamberlain.
F20 Britain at the Heart of a Changing World (Britain in the World
Federal Policy Committee
Mover: Jo Swinson MP (Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs).
Summation: Cllr Martin Horwood (Chair of the Policy Working Group).
Conference recognises that the world in 2018 feels increasingly
unsafe and unstable, with nations unwilling or unable to address the
challenges presented by a changing world and instead retreating into
isolationism and nationalism.
Conference notes that the focus of UK foreign policy in recent years
has been unclear - focusing on firefighting rather than working
towards a defined vision or goals.
Conference calls for the UK to develop a liberal strategy for restoring
pride in our place in the world: at the heart of global networks;
championing British values and interests; defending our national
interests; and building partnerships to promote and safeguard peace
and security, prosperity, people, and the planet.
Conference believes that Britain's national interests are best pursued
in collaboration with countries, organisations and individuals who
share our values - because all of us, countries and people, rise and
Conference therefore endorses policy paper 132, Britain at the Heart
of a Changing World, as a statement of Liberal Democrat policy on
international affairs, and especially on the methods we must use to
develop our vision and commitment to improving the world in which
everyone lives, and particularly welcomes its proposals to:
1. Develop and adopt five strategic priorities and goals, linked into
the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, that give the UK the
vision and means to play a meaningful role in improving the lives
of people around the world, prioritising:
a) Global gender equality, building on our work to eradicate
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