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20th March 2017 London, UK

Joanna Roper CMG

Special Envoy for Gender Equality

Addressing the barriers that hold back women

We recently celebrated International Women’s Day, a day when we can celebrate the achievements of women in history and around the world. It’s also a day when we look to address the barriers that hold back women. I was delighted to have been appointed to the new role of Special Envoy for Gender Equality. This […]

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17th March 2017 London, UK

Liam Browne

Artistic Director at DoranBrowne

Curator’s view: Home of St Patrick Festival

This year’s Home of St Patrick’s Festival will be running over 17 days (3-19 March) in the Northern Irish counties of Armagh and Down to celebrate the amazing life of Saint Patrick. It will be bringing together renowned international artists including, Aboriginal Musicians (B2M) from Australia and The Secret Ensemble with artists from Iran and […]

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17th March 2017 London, UK

Naomi Krieger Carmy

Director of the UK Israel Tech Hub at British Embassy Israel

From overlooked to overachieving – through UK tech

Like many teenagers, Maria Nassar was fascinated by popular fantasy books, depicting dragons, monsters and doomsday scenes. At just 16 years old, this native of Nazareth in Israel came up with a great idea, pursued it and five years later she now jointly owns an electronic platform for independent story-tellers with millions of monthly unique […]

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13th March 2017 Ankara, Turkey

Richard Moore

by Richard Moore

British Ambassador to Turkey

The Commonwealth is no Empire

When the recently elected Gambian President announced that he intended to take his country back into the Commonwealth (the previous president had withdrawn Gambia from the organisation), one of my twitter followers commented that Gambia was becoming a British colony again! For some in Turkey, the sun has never set on the British Empire.  But […]

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13th March 2017 UK, London

Alok Sharma

by Alok Sharma

Minister for Asia and the Pacific

UK-China relations are going from strength to strength as we celebrate 45th anniversary

It is surprising to think that ambassadorial relations between the United Kingdom and the People’s Republic of China have been in place for just 45 years. Today, on the 45th anniversary, we see cooperation at an all-time high and a bilateral relationship going from strength to strength. The global partnership established during President Xi Jinping’s […]

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8th March 2017 London, UK

Caroline Wilson

Director, Europe

Women leading British diplomacy across Europe

“I would venture to guess than Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman” – Virginia Woolf hit the nail on the head. Too often the incredible work and leadership provided by women has been obscured by modesty, self-doubt, or in some cases outright sexism. The UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth […]

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7th March 2017 London, UK

Fiona Blyth

Senior Policy Adviser, UKMis New York

Working for Somalia through the United Nations Security Council

Delivering support and achieving progress in Somalia requires more than one international partner. Multilateral institutions are a vital way of convening the international community and combining our efforts to have a greater effect. One of the many ways in which the UK supports progress in Somalia is through our Permanent Seat on the United Nations […]

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7th March 2017 London, UK

Sam Grout-Smith

Peacebuilding, Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs, UKMis New York

The fight to end slavery is still not won

To me, and I expect many others, the word slavery conjures up images of the horrors of the transatlantic slave trade. Although the institution of slavery has been almost entirely abolished around the globe, there are still millions of people living in conditions of slavery. When we talk of child soldiers, women trafficked into the […]

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27th February 2017 London, UK

Matthew Rycroft

Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations

The UK Presidency of the UN Security Council

Matthew Rycroft

The United Kingdom will take on the Presidency of the UN Security Council for the month of March. This will be our 62nd Security Council Presidency, a position that rotates between each of the 15 members of the Council monthly. The UK’s first Presidency was in 1946. At that time conflict prevention was top of […]

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20th February 2017 London, UK

Sally Balcombe

CEO VisitBritain / VisitEngland

When it comes to TV and film, Britain has got it all

Watching a gripping drama play out on a cinema screen can be transporting, taking your imagination on a journey to places new, exciting and unexplored. But what about when a film literally takes you somewhere, when you can walk onto the set? Film – and, increasingly, television – is a growing driver of tourism in […]

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About FCO Outreach

The FCO is doing more to promote its work to a wider audience, engaging with people to inform others about the work that we do and inspire them to think…

The FCO is doing more to promote its work to a wider audience, engaging with people to inform others about the work that we do and inspire them to think about a career with us or work with us in other ways.

For example, we recently ran a recruitment roadshow to 28 Universities, are participating in a schools outreach programme, have launched a Youth Inspiration Group to meet 3 times a year at the FCO and are hosting other outreach events at the FCO.

This blog is designed to capture a lot of the wide ranging work that we are doing across the office to engage people with the FCO and its impacts. We welcome blogs from staff who have participated in or organised any event to engage people in the work that we do.

We also welcome blogs from the participants of these events on opinions about the impact and usefulness of them.

If you would like to blog please send an email to Emily Farrow (emily.farrow@fco.gov.uk)

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