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Press release: Foreign Secretary delivers keynote speech at chemical weapons conference

first_imgForeign Secretary Boris Johnson will deliver a keynote speech at a conference of an international partnership to fight against impunity for the use of chemical weapons in Paris today (May 18), hosted by French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian. The conference will bring together 33 like-minded countries, who are determined to preserve and strengthen the global ban on chemical weapons, including through strengthening the role of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).Ahead of the meeting, the Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said: Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn For journalists A Special Conference of the Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention in June would consider the very serious compliance challenges the convention currently faces. This Conference will send a clear signal of the global commitment to uphold the ban on the use of chemical weapons and consider what more can be done to strengthen the norm against chemical weapons use. It will also be an opportunity to look at ways of strengthening the OPCW.BackgroundTo hold a Conference of States Parties requires the support of at least 64 States Parties.Further information Media enquiries Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebook Follow the Foreign Secretary on Twitter @BorisJohnson and Facebook We have to confront the reality that chemical weapons have been used numerous times in recent years, in defiance of the 1997 Chemical Weapons Convention. Asad’s brutality in Syria, and the attempted murders in Salisbury pose a grave threat to the Chemical Weapons Convention and to the rules based order that keeps us all safe. We join our partners today in calling for a special session of Conference of States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention in June to agree action to support the Convention and its implementing body, the OPCW. Together, we will ensure that the global ban on chemical weapons and their use is upheld and enforced. Email [email protected]last_img read more


Badgers head to Big Ten Tourney

first_imgJunior captain Rae Lin D\’Alie and the Badgers hope to win four games this weekend en route to the Big Ten title.[/media-credit]In preparing for Thursday’s first round matchup with Northwestern, the University of Wisconsin’s women’s basketball head coach Lisa Stone brought in a special guest to practice this week.Wisconsin senior guard Joe Krabbenhoft — a member of last year’s men’s Big Ten Tournament championship team — talked to Stone’s squad, bringing the 2008 championship trophy along with him.“It was cool — he’s been through it and he’s won a Big Ten Tournament,” guard Alyssa Karel said. “It kind of just got us excited. He said it was a really cool feeling and we definitely want that feeling for our team too.”In order to take home the tournament crown, UW will have to win four games in a span of just four days, a daunting task for any team. What should aid the Badgers in their efforts is the Paradise Jam Tournament, in which Wisconsin won three games in three days en route to a tournament title back in November.“It’s four games in four days, so you’ve got to bring your toughness,” junior captain Rae Lin D’Alie said. “That’s going to be the key. Whoever is the toughest team out there is going to win the Big Ten Tournament this year.”First up on the Badgers’ road to the Big Ten Tournament championship are the Wildcats, a team that used strong defensive play to deal a crushing 49-46 road loss to UW back in January.Northwestern used a slew of defenses in its attempt to slow down the Badgers, including a triangle-and-two in the second half to control UW guards Karel and D’Alie.Although Wisconsin controlled play in the first half, it could not put Northwestern away, leading by just three points, 29-26, at halftime.The Badgers started the second half strong, pushing their lead to five points over the first seven minutes of the half. Unfortunately for Wisconsin, however, after reaching 37-32 with 12:47 remaining, Northwestern went on a 7-0 run to take a 39-37 lead with just under seven minutes remaining.Although the Badgers would go on to tie the game at 39, the Wildcats controlled the final six minutes of play, edging out a 49-46 win after surviving a pair of missed three-point attempts by Wisconsin in the final six seconds of the game.“Offensively, we need to attack their zone more,” Stone said. “We flat out didn’t attack (last time). We have to attack their defenses and take care of the basketball offensively.”Despite limiting NU to just 49 points in the game — the fourth fewest scored by the Wildcats in 29 games this season — Stone added the Badgers must also improve their defensive performance from last time.“Our post D has to be the best it’s been all year,” Stone said. “Our ball pressure has to be at an all-time high, because Amy (Jaeschke) is going to get (everything). Everything goes through her.”If the Badgers manage to get past their first-round clash with the Wildcats, they will get another shot Friday at No. 2 seed Michigan State in the quarterfinals.Wisconsin played MSU close on the road in a 59-50 loss back on Jan. 25 before upsetting the then-No. 1 Spartans at home, winning 54-51 on Feb. 22 at the Kohl Center.“We’re definitely looking forward to, potentially, that game,” D’Alie said. “The last time we played them was one of my favorite games of the Big Ten season.”Among the other teams Wisconsin hopes to face again are Indiana, Michigan and Purdue, each of whom the Badgers lost to at least once in the regular season.“There’s a ton of games this year where we had a win at our fingertips and we just kind of let them go,” Karel said. “Those are games that we know maybe if we could have won if we did just a few things different in the final minutes. So, you always want to play those kind of teams in the Big Ten Tournament.”The three of the four losses to IU and PU came down to the games’ final minutes, while the Badgers’ road loss at Michigan was one of the worst games Wisconsin played on the year.So, despite just a 2-4 record against the three potential semifinal opponents, Wisconsin feels pretty confident about its draw in the Tournament.“Looking at the schedule, I think we’ve got a good road to the championship on Sunday,” Karel said. “If we’re focused when we play in Indianapolis, I think we’ve got a great chance.”last_img read more