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15th February 2017 Holy See

Sally Axworthy

by Sally Axworthy

Ambassador to the Holy See

Tackling Modern Slavery together

Last week Offer Stern-Weiner, Head of the Modern Slavery Unit at the Home Office,  and I journeyed out of Rome to visit a small and tranquil convent in a historic town set in the beautiful Italian countryside. The reason we were there? To meet five young Nigerian women who had been trafficked from Nigeria to […]

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15th February 2017 Colombo, Sri Lanka

Laura Davies

by Laura Davies

Deputy High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and the Maldives

Staying safe in cyberspace

The UK and Sri Lanka are both island nations.  This doesn’t mean much, however, when it comes to cyber security. Earlier today, I addressed a group of nearly 50 Chief Information Officers and IT Directors from across the Sri Lankan civil service.  This was as part of a project the UK is funding with our […]

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14th February 2017 Tokyo, Japan

Paul Madden

by Paul Madden

British Ambassador to Japan

First month in Japan

Well, I’ve now completed my first month in Japan. It’s been interesting comparing my experiences with the first time I was posted here more than 25 years ago. It’s hard to make direct comparisons because coming back as Ambassador after a long Foreign Office career, is different from arriving on your very first overseas posting. […]

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10th February 2017 Beijing

by Peter Young

Prosperity Programme Manager for the Science and Innovation Network in China

On a Mission

“By 2030 China’s urbanisation rate will have increased from 56% to 70%.” On the face of it the projection doesn’t look that alarming. Yet what it means is another 200 million people moving from the countryside to cities. What has been called history’s largest human migration began in the late 1970s with Deng Xiaoping’s reform […]

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9th February 2017 Vientiane, Laos

Hugh Evans

by Hugh Evans

British Ambassador to Laos

“Dare to be Honest and Fear no Labour” (Robert Burns)

I was recently delighted to host my first Burns Supper in Vientiane.  It was a wonderful evening of poetry, food and dance for which the organizational credit must go to Scottish community stalwart, Clare Hepburn, ably supported by her husband Alistair and others.  As someone who grew up in the southern Scottish town of Dumfries. […]

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8th February 2017 Abu Dhabi, UAE

Philip Parham

by Philip Parham

British Ambassador to the UAE

My speech at Family Office Forum Dubai on UK-GCC relations and a post-Brexit Global Britain

I am going to talk to you today about the relations between the Gulf and a Global Britain – an outward-looking nation thriving and prospering on the world stage. I will touch on the strength of the partnership, the shared interests which make this imperative, and, of course, the implications of Brexit. Partnership between the […]

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7th February 2017 Vienna, Austria

Leigh Turner

by Leigh Turner

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

Vienna: tackling modern slavery – concrete action

I wrote in my blog about modern slavery last month that “modern slavery is happening throughout the world, including in Europe, on a large scale”. So what are we doing about it? More than 200 years ago William Wilberforce led Britain in the fight against slavery – opening the eyes of the world to the […]

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7th February 2017 Mogadishu, Somalia

Leo Thomas

Social Development Adviser- DFID Somalia

UK and Somalia join hands to eradicate FGM

Where do you start with change when everything seems so difficult and entrenched? That was the question that first greeted me when I started my current role as a Social Development Adviser in  Somalia.  The data that exists on education, health and employment are not heartening and the country has political and security challenges that […]

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6th February 2017 Guatemala City

Thomas Carter

by Thomas Carter

British Ambassador to Guatemala

Regional Consular Conference

It is always an enormous pleasure to go to Antigua.  It’s only an hour (in reasonable traffic, that is!) from Guatemala City, but it is like being in a different world, with its beautiful colonial buildings, churches and cobbled streets, its bars, restaurants and language schools, and its relaxed pace of life.   A couple of […]

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