Tag: FCO

17th September 2012 New Delhi, India

Together we are stronger

The Science and Innovation Network in India travelled all over the country last week for the first part of the EU Science and Technology awareness campaign. We started with a busy day last Monday (10th September). Tom Wells, Deputy Head of the team, was presenting in Chennai. He was joined by Vimal Subramanian and Sam Kumar of the […]

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11th September 2012 Cape Town, South Africa

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by Simon Atkinson

Deputy Head of Mission, Cape Town

Cape Town winter

It’s been a dreary old winter in Cape Town – lots of rain and wind. It’s probably not what the Speaker of the House of Commons, Rt Hon John Bercow was expecting on his recent visit to the South African Parliament (which, incidentally, for historical reasons is based here, rather than the country’s capital city, […]

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7th September 2012 Beirut, Lebanon

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by Tom Fletcher

Former British Ambassador to Lebanon

In Lebanon’s Hands

Lebanon tends to be high on our August watchlist. This year there was no major single crisis, but five developments raised anxiety. Israel accused Hizballah of involvement in the Bourgas terrorist attack. A pro-Assad former Minister was arrested. Kidnappings returned in a dangerous 48 hours. Some Gulf countries told their nationals to leave. The Tripoli […]

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10th July 2012 Cape Town, South Africa

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by Simon Atkinson

Deputy Head of Mission, Cape Town

Celebrating UK sport and royalty in South Africa

I last blogged from Windhoek, Namibia, where I was covering for our High Commissioner Marianne Young. I’m now back on my more usual perch as Deputy Consul General, Cape Town. I thought I’d update you on what we’ve been doing in Cape Town recently to promote the UK and the GREAT campaign. (It’s no secret […]

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4th May 2012

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by Paul Madden

British Ambassador to Japan

Getting our marching orders in London

I’m back in the UK for the annual Leadership Conference that brings together all our ambassadors from around the world, to be updated on the policy and corporate management priorities which will  focus our work over the coming year. The strongest message was the importance of the Prosperity agenda, the work that our overseas FCO and UKTI […]

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7th March 2012 Washington DC, USA

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by Rosalind Campion

Counsellor for Global Issues

An unconventional flapper lives the American Dream

My mother’s mother was born early in the 20th century in a small Welsh mining village. She was the third of 11 children and she left school – illegally – at 12 to work in a factory. This was not uncommon – indeed only her very youngest sister finished school. Married at 17, to avoid […]

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15th December 2011 USA

Durban: A cause for optimism

For those of us actively working toward successful international negotiations on climate change, the most recent meeting in Durban, South Africa seems like cause for optimism this holiday season. The UN climate talks wrapped up last weekend with over 120 countries (including major economies such as the United States) forming a coalition behind the EU’s […]

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15th September 2011

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by Greg Dorey



Today  is International Day of Democracy. In the UK we believe that democracy rests on respect for every individual in society, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or other status. In fact this forms an indivisible part of our foreign policy. Through the work of the FCO we support not only electoral processes but […]

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