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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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13th March 2017 Holy See

Stephen Townsend

Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy to the Holy See

The Commonwealth and the Holy See

The Commonwealth and the Holy See represent the two largest soft power networks in the world.  The Holy See has over 1.2 billion faithful globally, and a network of Bishops, NGOs and religious congregations which reach deep into the societies of the countries where they live.  The Commonwealth is made up of 52 countries with […]

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13th March 2017 Gaborone, Botswana

Katharine Ransome

by Katharine Ransome

British High Commissioner to Botswana and UK Representative to the Southern Africa Development Community

Celebrating the diverse partnership of nations that make up the modern Commonwealth

At primary school, I remember we used to have a large poster of the flags of the Commonwealth on the wall of the classroom. I used to daydream about what kids my age would be doing in those countries – what was their school day like? Were their teachers nice? Did they also hate sitting […]

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10th March 2017 Skopje, Macedonia

Paul Edwards

Deputy Head of Mission

How do you know that the taxes you pay are being spent wisely?

Here’s a question for the average person in Macedonia: how do you know that the taxes you pay are being spent wisely? It’s a simple question but actually on that’s quite difficult to answer. Some might be happy to just trust those spending your tax money.  But others will want to be more questioning.  They […]

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10th March 2017 St Petersburg, Russia

Keith Allan

by Keith Allan

Her Majesty’s Consul General to St Petersburg, Russia

Farewell to Arkhangelsk

I have made over a dozen visits to Arkhangelsk since autumn 2013. It’s a very special place in Russia for the UK and I was keen to make one final visit before I leave Russia to thank our key contacts and underline our commitment to future friendship and engagement. Visiting Arkhangelsk has been a highlight […]

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9th March 2017 Tokyo, Japan

Paul Madden

by Paul Madden

British Ambassador to Japan

Six years after the tsunami, Japanese resilience

On 11 March, it will be six years since the people of East Japan suffered the triple blows of earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident. None of us, around the world, will forget watching the terrible footage on our TV screens. For Japan it was the most significant domestic event for decades. So I was keen […]

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8th March 2017 Science Innovation USA

Eric Brown

Head of Innovation, Energy Systems Catapult

A Tale of Two Power Systems – Plugging Innovation into the Electricity Grid

Above Photo: March 02, 2017- Attendees collaborate during a break out session at the U.K.-U.S. Grid Modernization Collaboration Workshop at the Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, CO. (Photo by Dennis Schroeder / NREL) I was really pleased to be able to attend and participate in the UK-US […]

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8th March 2017 Beirut, Lebanon

Hugo Shorter

by Hugo Shorter

British Ambassador to Lebanon

#IWD2017: Give women the chance to succeed

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Lebanon is a beautiful country. Its young people are some of the most talented in the world; its workforce one of the best educated; its businessmen amongst the most savvy and its artists among the most creative. But there is something else I need to say […]

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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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8th March 2017 Guatemala City

Carolyn Davidson

Her Majesty Ambassador to Honduras

Emmeline Pankhurst and Gladys Lanza: being bold for change

Emmeline Pankhurst, the suffragette who led the fight – and it really was a fight – for women’s right to vote in the UK at the turn of the 20th century, is Manchester’s most famous daughter. I feel a particular affinity to her, not only because Manchester is my home town, but also because her […]

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