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11th March 2019

10 facts you didn’t know about the UK’s links with the Commonwealth

The Commonwealth is one of the world’s oldest international networks, and this year, we celebrate its 70th anniversary. Since the modern Commonwealth came into being, independent countries from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Pacific have joined the Commonwealth family. Membership is voluntary and based on shared values. And it’s those common values of […]

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8th March 2019 Science Innovation USA

Kyle Dolan

Head of Science & Innovation, British Consulate-General Chicago

International Women’s Day 2019: Spotlight on Scientists of the RIPE Project

As part of SIN USA’s celebration of International Women’s Day 2019, SIN Chicago profiled four early-career scientists from the RIPE Project, an international collaboration funded by the UK Department for International Development, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research. RIPE aims to improve photosynthesis, the process plants use to […]

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7th March 2019 Skopje, North Macedonia

Rachel Galloway

British Ambassador to North Macedonia

Education, engagement and economy – my first visit to Shtip

One-hour drive from central to eastern North Macedonia, away from Skopje’s urban noise, you drive into a wide greenfield area full of agricultural land known as Ovche Pole. Its name in the Macedonian language means “plain of sheep” and it spreads left and right as a wide wave of green and wind. It is noted by Rebecca West in the famous “Black […]

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1st March 2019 Guatemala City, Guatemala

Carolyn Davidson

by Carolyn Davidson

Her Majesty’s Ambassador for Guatemala

The GREAT British fortnight

What do you think of when you hear the word Britain? For some it’s London – Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, the Queen – for others it’s football (Manchester City/United) or music (Beatles, Queen, Adele) or food (fish and chips, scones and jam) and drink (whisky and gin, and of course our national drink – tea!). […]

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27th February 2019 Vienna, Austria

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by Leigh Turner

Ambassador to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Vienna

#ViennaMemories #8: The Third Room (and the Third Man)

What is a Third Room? I occasionally consider on this blog objects I acquired during my first diplomatic posting in Vienna in 1984-87.  One such is the “Third Room” sign below.  I had it made in Vienna in 1985 when working as Second Secretary in the old British embassy in the Reisnerstrasse. According to the […]

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26th February 2019

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by Matt Field

British Diplomat

Together we can

27 February is ‘World NGO Day’, a chance for all of us to reflect on the vital contributions made by Non-Governmental Organisations, also known as Civil Society Organisations. What do we mean by that? Anything that brings people together in the space outside of governments and business (hence the term ‘third sector’), from sports clubs […]

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21st February 2019 Vienna, Austria

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by Leigh Turner

Ambassador to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Vienna

Is British education the BeSt? You judge!

Great news: Austria’s largest education fair is coming to Vienna from 7-10 March 2019.  BeSt Vienna (the acronym stands for Beruf, Studium, Weiterbildung) will offer a terrific opportunity to find out more about studying in the UK. The excellent British Council will have a stand at the fair, at A18, offering advice about studying in […]

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20th February 2019 Skopje, North Macedonia

Uranija Pirovska

Executive Director, Helsinki Committe for Human Rights in North Macedonia

Workers’ rights in North Macedonia

“Everyone has the right to work, to freely choose his or her employment, to be protected at work and to be provided with material security during temporary unemployment.” Article 32 of the Constitution of the Republic of North Macedonia World Day of Social Justice 20th of February is a suitable occasion to talk about workers’ […]

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19th February 2019 Geneva, Switzerland

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by Aidan Liddle

UK Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament

Disarmament blog: Taking on the Presidency of the Conference on Disarmament

The Presidency of the Conference on Disarmament rotates alphabetically amongst its members, who each take a turn for four weeks while the Conference is in session. That means that, over the 24 weeks of each year’s session, six countries are asked to take the chair. This week, the UK picked up the baton from Ukraine […]

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19th February 2019 King Charles Street, London

Emily Clarke

Second Secretary - Global Health, UKMIS Geneva

Global Action on Patient Safety

Patient safety is a growing global challenge and taking collective action is a critical step in improving healthcare for all, a key part of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. The UK government, with Germany, Japan, and a range of other countries and international partners, including the World Health Organization (WHO), are working on our […]

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