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9th February 2016

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Istanbul, Turkey

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Leigh Turner

by Leigh Turner

Consul General and Director-General for Trade & Investment for Turkey, Central Asia and the South Caucasus

11th February 2016 London, UK

Tony Worron

Desk Officer for Geographical Information Policy

Spreading the word (and data) on country names

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We’ve been working with the Government Digital Service (GDS) on a project to develop a “Country Register” which will be a dataset of UK approved geographical names for countries and territories. This work is the first stage of a project to create a range of Registers which will be a key part of the UK’s […]

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8th February 2016 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Edward Ferguson

by Edward Ferguson

British Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina

A recipe for economic success

A lot of people ask me why there aren’t more British businesses investing in Bosnia and Herzegovina. They’re usually surprised to hear that, in fact, there are already quite a lot. Our British Business Club has over 120 corporate members, big and small. I would love to see more British companies trading here. But the […]

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8th February 2016 Geneva, Switzerland

Julian Braithwaite

by Julian Braithwaite

Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN and other international organisations in Geneva

Solving the Syrian Refugee Crisis

Last week’s conference in London did not solve the Syrian refugee crisis. That requires an end to the conflict.  The suspension of the peace talks in Geneva last week shows we’re not even at the end of the beginning of that process, as Churchill might have said. But London did some important things.  It raised […]

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7th February 2016 Abu Dhabi, UAE

Philip Parham

by Philip Parham

British Ambassador to the UAE

International community must act now on Syria

As we approach the fifth anniversary of the civil war in Syria, the most urgent humanitarian catastrophe of our time continues. A quarter of a million lives have been lost. The international community must significantly step up its efforts and act now to support the 18 million people in Syria and neighbouring countries who are […]

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5th February 2016 Minsk, Belarus

Fionna Gibb

by Fionna Gibb

British Ambassador to Belarus

First two weeks in Belarus

Fionna Gibb meeting Vladimir Makey

Twenty years ago, on a posting to Ukraine, Belarus was this distant mysterious country lying to the north. My chief knowledge about Belarus was that it was badly affected by Chernobyl as the winds were blowing north at the time of the disaster. As I prepared to come here, I talked to people about Belarus […]

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5th February 2016 Bangkok, Thailand

Mark Kent

by Mark Kent

British Ambassador to Thailand

UK expats – join thousands of others registered to vote in the EU referendum

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At the 2015 General Election there were more overseas voters registered than ever. Almost 106,000 overseas electors registered to vote – three times the numbers that were on the register ahead of the previous general election in 2010. While this is a real improvement, it is still a fraction of the 5.5 million UK citizens […]

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4th February 2016 Beijing, China

Holly White

by Holly White

Head of the Science and Innovation Network in China and the Science and Innovation Regional Manager for Asia Pacific

Working with Korea to tackle antimicrobial resistance

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Last week I visited Seoul to attend the first UK-Korea workshop to combat antimicrobial resistance (AMR), expertly organised by the SIN Korea team. If not tackled, AMR is going to kill an additional 10 million people every year by 2050. In China and India there is already 100% resistance to some antibiotics. But this is […]

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4th February 2016 St Petersburg, Russia

Keith Allan

by Keith Allan

Her Majesty’s Consul General to St Petersburg, Russia

The 100th Anniversary of the Anglo-Russian Hospital in St Petersburg, Russia

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I was delighted to accompany the new British Ambassador to Russia, Laurie Bristow, to an event to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Anglo-Russian Hospital in St Petersburg on 30 January. The fascinating story of the hospital is another fine example of the importance of people to people contacts between British and Russian people during the […]

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4th February 2016 Ankara, Turkey

Richard Moore

by Richard Moore

British Ambassador to Turkey

Syria conference in London

As we approach the fifth anniversary of the civil war in Syria, the most urgent humanitarian catastrophe of the day continues with a quarter of a million lives lost to date. The international community must significantly step up its efforts and act now to support the 18 million people in Syria and neighbouring countries who […]

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