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20th June 2016 London, UK

Tara Finn

First World War Centenary Commemorations Team

Launching the digital archive

We have launched a remarkable collection of stories from the First World War. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is remembering the stories of 175 men from 11 countries who were awarded Britain’s highest award for bravery, the Victoria Cross. They represent a significant number of the 600 Victoria Crosses awarded during the First World War […]

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20th June 2016 Geneva, Switzerland

Bob Last

by Bob Last

Deputy Head, UK Mission Political Team

Behind every successful woman…

In the months since the last Council session, Star Wars has come to dominate my home life. My son asks endless questions about the characters, while the rest of the family begrudgingly take turns to act them out. I’m most often cast as Jabba the Hutt while my Jedi son brandishes his light sabre and […]

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17th June 2016 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

World Blood Donor Day 2016

This week we celebrated World Blood Donation day. Giving blood is one of the most powerful acts you can do to help other people in society. It is quite a feeling to know that you might save someone’s life in an emergency, help a mother in a difficult pregnancy, or support someone who is having […]

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17th June 2016 Vilnius, Lithuania

Claire Lawrence

by Claire Lawrence

British Ambassador to Lithuania

Why I am – marching with Baltic Pride

This year Baltic Pride takes place in Vilnius. I am joining the Pride march to show my support and commitment to promoting and protecting rights for all. The UK champions the rights of LGBT people. British Embassies and High Commissions around the world support LGBT rights in their respective countries in a number of ways. […]

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17th June 2016 Canberra, Australia

Menna Rawlings

by Menna Rawlings

British High Commissioner to Australia

Jo Cox

It is 26 years since a British MP was murdered. Back in 1990, the victim was Ian Gow, a Conservative politician, murdered by the IRA. In those days, we had come to half-expect such terrible events to punctuate the rhythm of life in the UK. But it was from an enemy we knew and recognised […]

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17th June 2016

Nicolas Le Moignan

Director, Bespoke Training and Consultancy, GovRisk

Anti-money laundering in Burma

I am delighted to contribute a post and provide an insight into how a project of ours is addressing an important issue in Burma, where GovRisk has managed Prosperity-funded Anti-Money Laundering projects for the last three years. At first glance, it might not be clear what preventing money laundering has to do with opening markets […]

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17th June 2016 Colombo, Sri Lanka

Laura Davies

by Laura Davies

Deputy High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and the Maldives

Happy Birthday, Ma’am

Last night, we hosted a very special event at the High Commissioner’s residence: a party to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday.  Over 400 friends of the High Commission, from Sri Lanka, the Maldives and the UK, from Government to civil society to the private sector, gathered to toast the longest reigning monarch in […]

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16th June 2016 San Francisco, USA

Stefania Di Mauro-Nava

by Stefania Di Mauro-Nava

Science & Innovation Officer

FUNDING: K9 Wearable Tech & Global Travel Assessment System

NOTE: the text below was created by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Silicon Valley Innovation Program Office. For further details, please follow the links to the full proposal calls. These calls for applications are issued under the Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP) Other Transaction Solicitation (OTS) launched earlier this year and are targeted at nontraditional […]

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16th June 2016

Nigel Baker

by Nigel Baker

Ambassador to the Holy See (2011-2016)

Disruptive dialogue

An important event I attended this week was a service at Westminster Abbey to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Anglican Centre in Rome. The Dean was joined by the Archbishop of Canterbury and a range of ecumenical guests from Rome and the Catholic Church, from Orthodox and Methodist churches, and including the Pope’s Secretary […]

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16th June 2016 London, UK

Olympic Games: 50 days to go!

2016 is already shaping up to be a great year for sport. From football and tennis, to cricket and rugby, it’s not hard to get excited about the number of sporting events taking place this summer, and that’s before TeamGB and ParalympicsGB arrive in Rio! With less than eight weeks before the Olympic Games, it’s an […]

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