Paul Johnston

Paul Johnston

Ambassador to Sweden

Read biography

18th August 2015 Stockholm, Sweden

Paul Johnston

by Paul Johnston

Ambassador to Sweden

Four Years in Stockholm

Four years after arriving here, I leave Stockholm at the end of this week for a new posting at the UK delegation to NATO in Brussels. I’m looking forward to the new job and new city. But it will be hard to leave Stockholm, and I will carry with me many memories of this wonderful […]

Read more | Reply

22nd December 2014 Stockholm, Sweden

Paul Johnston

by Paul Johnston

Ambassador to Sweden

A Tale of Three Cities

Today I am pleased to welcome a guest blogger on my blog, Sir David King, The Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative on Climate Change. He recently visited Stockholm, Copenhagen and Oslo and shares his experiences of sustainable urban transport: Sustainable Transport:  A Tale of Three Cities.  It was the worst of times for the climate; it […]

Read more | Reply

16th October 2014 Stockholm, Sweden

Paul Johnston

by Paul Johnston

Ambassador to Sweden

Inequality: Injustice in Action

16 October is Blog Action day. And this year’s theme is inequality. So here’s a blog about inequality. Tackling inequality is an important part of UK foreign policy. Two of our six human rights priorities are specifically about inequality, including women’s rights and freedom of religion and belief. For us, the promotion and protection of […]

Read more | Reply

13th October 2014 Stockholm, Sweden

Paul Johnston

by Paul Johnston

Ambassador to Sweden

Challenges and Opportunities for Europe

A new Swedish government has taken office. A new European Commission is about to. It seemed to me a good time to set out some thoughts on some of the big priorities facing the UK, Sweden and our EU partners over the coming months. Here’s a translation of the article I wrote for Saturday’s Dagens […]

Read more | Reply

4th September 2014 Stockholm, Sweden

Paul Johnston

by Paul Johnston

Ambassador to Sweden

IT Startup communities in Stockholm and London: Never Mind the Gap

Last November I was in London with the Crown Princess and Prince Daniel. They visited Cambridge University, an inner-city London school, the Google Campus and Tech City in East London. It was the latter visits which inspired my Swedish counterpart in London and me to think about a follow-up event focusing on how the flourishing […]

Read more | Reply

22nd July 2014 Stockholm, Sweden

Paul Johnston

by Paul Johnston

Ambassador to Sweden

PROTECTING GIRLS FROM ABUSE OF THEIR RIGHTS

Today (22 July) my Prime Minister, David Cameron, and UNICEF, are hosting the world’s first #GirlSummit in London. The Summit’s aim is to mobilise domestic and international efforts to end the appalling practices of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Child Early Forced Marriage (CEFM). This is a high priority for the UK government and the […]

Read more | Reply

1st July 2014 Stockholm, Sweden

Paul Johnston

by Paul Johnston

Ambassador to Sweden

War and Remembrance

28 June marked the centenary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand – the event that set in train the outbreak of the First World War. Of course the causes of the war were much more complicated than one violent act. Last week we hosted an event at the Residence where British historian Andrew Oldfield […]

Read more | Reply

30th June 2014 Stockholm, Sweden

Paul Johnston

by Paul Johnston

Ambassador to Sweden

Europe: After the Vote

Much ink has already been spilled (or many keys have already been tapped) in analysing the European Council’s decision to nominate Jean-Claude Juncker to head the European Commission. My government has been clear that the decision was wrong in principle, as a matter as process and as an issue of policy. For that reason the […]

Read more | Reply

23rd June 2014 Stockholm, Sweden

Paul Johnston

by Paul Johnston

Ambassador to Sweden

Scotland: the best of all lands and the best of all worlds

On 18 September, voters in Scotland will be asked “Should Scotland be an independent country?”. The UK and Scottish Governments agree that the question is for people in Scotland to decide. The UK Government strongly believes that Scotland’s future is better staying within the United Kingdom, but it has of course pledged to respect the […]

Read more | Reply

Page 1 of 91234...

About Paul Johnston

Paul Johnston joined the UK Civil Service in 1990, working for the Ministry of Defence initially. He has served in Paris and New York and has also had a wide…

Paul Johnston joined the UK Civil Service in 1990, working for the Ministry of Defence initially.
He has served in Paris and New York and has also had a wide range of
political and security roles in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in
London.
Paul joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1993 as Desk
Officer for Bosnia. As part of this role he was also Private Secretary
to EU negotiator Lord Owen, and his representative on Bosnia Contact
Group.
His first foreign posting was to Paris in 1995-99 as Second Secretary
Political. He was Private Secretary to the Ambassador and latterly part
of the UK delegation to the Kosovo Rambouillet negotiations. Then he
returned to London as Head of the Kosovo Policy Team, leading work on
post-conflict policy in the EU, NATO, UN and G8.
Before his second overseas posting to New York in 2005, Paul held a
variety of other EU policy and security appointments in London, such as
Head of European Defence Section between 2000-01 and Head of Security
Policy Department between 2002-04.
As Head of the Political Section in UKMIS New York, he advised on
major policy issues for the UK on the Security Council and the UN World
Summit, including the UK EU Presidency in 2005.
Paul returned to London in 2008 as Director, International Security
for the FCO. He was responsible for policy on UN, NATO, European
Security, arms control and disarmament, human rights and good
governance.
Paul and his wife Nicola arrived in Stockholm in August 2011. Their
hobbies include walking, cycling, running (slowly) , playing tennis (not
very well), cinema, music and art.

Read more