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26th September 2016 London, UK

Open Youth Academy Croatia 2016

Over the August Bank Holiday weekend we sent James Cattell to meet our colleagues in Croatia and participate as a judge at Open Youth Academy Croatia. This is his guest blog post. The open youth academy  is an annual event in Croatia. It aims to foster greater understanding and use of open data. Its also […]

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26th September 2016 Athens, Greece

John Kittmer

by John Kittmer

Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Hellenic Republic

A tyrant, a poet and three chamois

Early last week, I found myself standing next to the tomb of Ali Pasha, in the inner enclosure of the Ottoman fort at Ioannina. As I gazed on the iron feretory, I mused on how strange it was that Byron, who gave his life for the freedom of Greece, should have first sought out the […]

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26th September 2016 Geneva, Switzerland

Bob Last

by Bob Last

Deputy Head, UK Mission Political Team

The Ghosts of Councils Past


I’ve been having a spooky session. For the past fortnight people who left the Council many moons ago have been popping up all over the place as though they never left. Former colleagues do of course come back from time to time but it’s been happening so much recently I’m starting to wonder if I’m […]

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23rd September 2016 UK, London

Alok Sharma

by Alok Sharma

Minister for Asia and the Pacific

Celebrating success with Aung San Suu Kyi, and looking to the future for Burma

Prime Minister Theresa May & Burmese State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

This week in New York, Burma reached another significant milestone, in what has already been a momentous year for the country. Among the throngs of world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly Secretary General Ban Ki-moon held a meeting to celebrate the conclusion of his partnership group on Burma – their work is complete. […]

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22nd September 2016 Guatemala City

Thomas Carter

by Thomas Carter

British Ambassador to Guatemala

Travel through Guatemala

Guatemala is blessed with a huge diversity of tourist sites.  Best known are the charming Spanish-colonial city of Antigua, the stunning Mayan ruins of Tikal, and the beautiful volcano-ringed lake of Atitlan.  But it also boasts some other remarkable but less known sites, which draw significant number of discerning travellers – and especially young backpackers.  […]

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21st September 2016 Bucharest, Romania

Paul Brummell

by Paul Brummell

British Ambassador to Romania

Vacaresti: A Wetland in Central Bucharest

On Sunday morning I headed to a small supermarket of the La doi Pasi chain at the base of one of the towers of Asmita Gardens residential complex, close to the canalised Dambovita river in the southern part of the Romanian capital. I was there to meet Dan Barbulescu, Director of the Vacaresti Natural Park […]

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20th September 2016

Helen Wells

FCO Policy Officer, Global Challenges Team

Antimicrobial resistance is a global problem and the UK is leading the way


Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) is a huge threat to global health. It is estimated that by 2050 AMR could be responsible for an extra 10 million premature deaths, more than die from cancer today. The UK’s Chief Medical Officer, Professor Dame Sally Davies, has said that ‘Antimicrobial resistance poses a catastrophic threat.  If we do not […]

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20th September 2016 Vienna, Austria

Leigh Turner

by Leigh Turner

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

A Tyrolean Squirrel’s Tail


When I arrived at the British Embassy in Vienna on 29 August 2016 one of my first meetings was with my excellent Press and Public Affairs (PPA) team. Part of the work of diplomats is to explain to people what we do; and draw attention to good things that link our countries together.  For example, […]

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19th September 2016 Geneva, Switzerland

Bob Last

by Bob Last

Deputy Head, UK Mission Political Team

Too little time

UK Minister Baroness Anelay and yours truly

I’m afraid I have to begin on a very sad note as our friend and colleague Ebenezer Appreku, the Deputy Permanent Representative of Ghana, passed away just before the session. He was a wonderful man and a strong human rights advocate. I often heard him speak about how critical attention by the UN had helped […]

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19th September 2016 Holy See

Sally Axworthy

by Sally Axworthy

Ambassador to the Holy See

Starting at the Holy See

Sally Axworthy, HMA Holy See

May I introduce myself? I am Sally Axworthy, the new British Ambassador to the Holy See. I presented my credentials to Pope Francis on 19 September. Over the coming four years, I hope to blog regularly to give an insight into the work of this Embassy I come to Rome having just spent six months learning […]

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