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24th April 2017

Canberra, Australia

Standing side-by-side

by Brigadier Andrew Harrison DSO MBE

Defence and Military Advisor

20th April 2017

Tripoli, Libya

Twiplomacy from Tripoli

by Jonathan Worgan

Political and Press and Public Affairs, Tripoli (Tunis)

28th November 2016 London, UK

Baroness Anelay

by Baroness Anelay

Foreign Office Minister for Human Rights

Tackling the stigma of sexual violence

25 November marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. As the Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict, I have seen first-hand the impact of sexual violence against women and girls in countries like Bosnia, Burma, Colombia, DRC, Iraq, Kosovo, Nigeria and Sri Lanka. I have seen the […]

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28th November 2016 Science and Innovation Network

Helena Ou

by Helena Ou

Senior Science Policy Officer for SIN China

UK and China Join Hands in Agri-Tech Innovation

MOU Signing, witnessed by Michelle McIlveen, Northern Ireland Agriculture Minister and Holly White, Science Counsellor in British Embassy China   Agriculture has dominated China’s economy for as long as its history can tell. Although its share of GDP dropped to 9% recently, Agri-Tech has become more crucial for the country to feed its 1.4 billion people […]

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25th November 2016 London, UK

Jonathan Dunn

British Consul General, Rio de Janeiro

Brazil oil and gas: UK well placed to gain in the market

Oil & Gas has been one of the pillars for Brazilian economic growth over the last decade. The continued discovery and development of reservoirs has been providing opportunities for specialist suppliers around the world – including British companies. Petrobras, one of the world´s biggest energy companies, still plans to invest $98.4bn between and 2019 – […]

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24th November 2016 London, UK

Mariana Cabeza

Department for International Trade

Business success in Mexico is child’s play for UK’s Hamleys

London’s famous toy story, Hamleys, has opened a new branch in Mexico City. The Department for International Trade (DIT), based in the British Embassy, worked very closely with the toy store as they looked to expand their business, trying to identify a suitable partner in the Mexican market. After exploring several market entry routes, DIT […]

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24th November 2016 New Delhi, India

Aditi Sharma

by Aditi Sharma

Adviser for Newton Fund in India

Newton at TECH Summit – developing UK-India ‘RISTA’

I got an opportunity to attend the India-UK TECH Summit which was held in New Delhi from 7-9 November 2016, a mega event showcasing GREAT Britain’s technological prowess and opening up portals for greater Indian investment and partnership. This three day spectacle comprised of a gamut of activities which included five summits on technology, innovation […]

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24th November 2016 St Petersburg, Russia

Keith Allan

by Keith Allan

Her Majesty’s Consul General to St Petersburg, Russia

Memorial to British and Allied Airmen, Kego Island, North West Russia

My most recent blog (Remembrance Day Commemorations in North West Russia) described our annual Remembrance events across North West Russia in honour of the brave British and Allied soldiers, sailors and airmen who served in North West Russia during World War One, including the Allied Intervention period of 1918-19, and World War Two. There has […]

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23rd November 2016 Geneva, Switzerland

Julian Braithwaite

by Julian Braithwaite

Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN and other international organisations in Geneva

The Future Of Globalisation

To appreciate the paradox of globalisation, consider this: – The first of the UN’s eight Millennium Development Goals was to halve, between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of people whose income was less than $1.25 a day. This target was met five years early. Over half those lifted out of extreme poverty during this period, […]

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23rd November 2016 Beijing, China

Jenny Yao

by Jenny Yao

Project Management Officer of the Beijing Science and Innovation Team

First non-animal test method accepted by China

China has taken an important step, supported by the Science & Innovation team in Beijing, to improve animal welfare in China. On 11 November the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) published its first non-animal method for testing cosmetic ingredients. This is great news as the new method can now be used to assess the […]

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22nd November 2016 Washington DC, USA

Major General Richard Cripwell

Defence Attaché at the British Embassy Washington D.C.

In A Force of the Future, An Equal Opportunity to Serve

I had the pleasure of joining Samantha Job from the Embassy and Mackenzie Eaglen from AEI on a panel on Monday night discussing Women in Defence. Moderated by Nina Wagner from the Pentagon. We talked about how far we had come, not least in the 35 years of my military service, but also how much […]

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22nd November 2016 London, UK

Joanne Kihagi

Communications Officer, Kenya

Linking ports to power the engine room of East Africa’s trade

Trademark East Africa’s support for the modernization of ports in Mombasa and Dar-es-Salaam, and its one-stop border posts, are transforming trade and driving integration across East Africa. The UK in Kenya and Tanzania plays an important role in supporting them, through UK aid. The time it takes to move goods from Mombasa to Kampala has […]

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