Geneva, Switzerland -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/23/2012 -- Fund Advisers Europe Wealth Management and the British Swiss Chamber of Commerce, Geneva, invited His Excellency Mr Peter Gooderman, CMG, to speak at the Great British Breakfast in Geneva on 1 February 2012.
Ambassador Peter Gooderham gave a packed breakfast dining room a clear account of the major, multilateral themes which have influenced his four year period of office, now regrettably drawing to an end.
He highlighted three significant subjects:
1. The so-called ‘Arab Spring'
2. The rise in importance of the ‘BRICS' nations
3. The European Union
He also explained tha there had been a significant shift in attitude and perception in recent years. He higlighted the UN Human Rights Council and the general opinion today that the UN should uphold fundamental freedoms such as freedom of expression by holding offending countries to account.
Expanding on his three themes, Ambassador Gooderham reminded the audience that the ‘Arab Spring' had taken most Middle East experts by surprise. Nevertheless, it seemed tailor-made for Britain's foreign policy of ‘liberal interventionism" initiated during the Tony Blair era.
The irresistible rise in influence of the ‘BRICS' has made for a more complicated agenda in a range of Geneva-based organisations, notably the WTO and WIPO. Recent events regarding the UK's relationship with the EU, arising out of the Lisbon Treaty, have, he commented, highlighted the two competing visions of that institution, namely a collection of cooperating and collaborating nation states versus a single entity speaking with one voice.
This was the first British Breakfast to be held jointly by Fund Advisers Europe Wealth Management and the British Swiss Chamber of Commerce in Geneva. David Cooper, speaking after the event said "The British Breakfast has proved to be an important gathering of British business interests in Geneva and we are delighted to be making these events possible in 2012. To have the British Ambassador to the UN speaking at the first breakfast of the year is a huge honour, not only for Fund Advisers Europe but also for the Chamber. We look forward to helping make many more of these events possible during the year."
Fund Advisers Europe Wealth Management will be participating in future Great British Breakfasts during the year with the next one being on Thursday 19th of April when the guest speaker will be Brigitte Baumann, CEO, Go Beyond Ltd and President, EBAN, European trade association for Business Angels & Seed Funds “Wealth on Wings”.
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