George Riddell

Trade and Economic Attaché to the WTO and UN for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

George Riddell is Trade and Economic Attaché to the WTO and UN for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Previously he interned for the Environment and Natural Resources team at ICTSD. Mr Riddell earned a M.A. in International Relations (East Asia) and a B.A. from Durham University. He worked as Assistant Instructor/Instructor for Durham City Scuba Ltd., Durham, UK, as Welcome Service Team Leader for Durham University International Office, as Antique restorer and specialist framer for Seize in Geneva, and as Sales Assistant for the Ecolint Bookstore in Geneva. He was awarded the Silver International Award. He is fluent in English and French He is citizen of Australia.

Opinion

21 June 2012
RIO DE JANIERO, BRAZIL - While sitting in on the Rio+20 negotiations over the past week, it has been disappointing to see so little in the way of compromise between countries, despite the repeated warnings from the Co-Chairs of the committee and other high-level dignitaries. Trade issues, which I'...

Bridges news

20 August 2012
Following months of informal negotiations and amid lowered expectations, the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) drew to a close on 22 June, with civil society groups openly criticising governments for wasting a seldom seen opportunity. But while critics pointed to the need...
21 June 2012
RIO DE JANIERO, BRAZIL - While sitting in on the Rio+20 negotiations over the past week, it has been disappointing to see so little in the way of compromise between countries, despite the repeated warnings from the Co-Chairs of the committee and other high-level dignitaries. Trade issues, which I'...
18 June 2012
Keen to avoid a political non-event at Rio+20, some cautious parties have pinned their hopes on an agreed set of goals that aim to provide a viable framework to help implement measures crucial to international and national support for sustainable development. The so-called Sustainable Development...