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20 Jul 2017 description

FCO launches its Annual Human Rights report for 2016

Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy puts human rights centre stage of foreign policy.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has published its 2016 Annual Human Rights Report. The report covers the period from January to December 2016 and for the first time includes a dedicated section on modern slavery - a key UK Government priority.

05 Jan 2017 description
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This website allows you to explore how different scenarios of global greenhouse gas emissions and adaptation to climate change could change the geography of food insecurity in developing and least-developed countries. By altering the levels of future global greenhouse gas emissions and/or the levels of adaptation, you can see how vulnerability to food insecurity changes over time, and compare and contrast these different future scenarios with each other and the present day.

10 Aug 2016 description

Introduction

There is agreement in the scientific community that the global food system will experience unprecedented pressure in the coming decades – demographic changes, urban growth, environmental degradation, increasing disaster risk, food price volatility, and climate change will all affect food security patterns.

26 Apr 2016 description

The 2015 Foreign Office Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy shows that human rights remain at the heart of British foreign policy.

The Foreign Office has issued its Annual Human Rights Report for 2015. The report, published on 21 April 2016, illustrates the priority attached to human rights across the FCO network.

The Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond, said:

08 Jun 2015 description

We, the leaders of the G7, met in Elmau for our annual Summit on 7 and 8 June 2015. Guided by our shared values and principles, we are determined to work closely together to meet the complex international economic and political challenges of our times. We are committed to the values of freedom and democracy, and their universality, to the rule of law and respect for human rights, and to fostering peace and security. Especially in view of the numerous crises in the world, we as G7 nations stand united in our commitment to uphold freedom, sovereignty and territorial integrity.

12 Mar 2015 description

Executive Summary

This report provides a UK perspective on the global human rights situation during 2014, and examples of what the government is doing to promote human rights and democratic values overseas. It reviews the situation in specific countries and against the thematic priorities around which our work is organised.

One of the most striking trends of 2014 was the pressure put by governments on civil society organisations in many parts of the world, damaging human rights and the economic interests of those same countries.

11 Apr 2014 description

Justine Greening to announce new programme which will help improve how developing countries prepare for humanitarian disasters, at the World Bank Spring meetings.

The UK will lead a major improvement in the way developing countries prepare for humanitarian disasters to avert future crises, International Development Secretary Justine Greening will announce at the World Bank’s Spring Meeting in Washington.

09 Apr 2014 description

Publication of summary of the Government’s activities in Burma

FCO Minister of State & Minister of State for International Development are publishing today a summary of UK's activities in Burma.

Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire:

I am making a joint statement with my right hon. Friend the Minister of State for International Development. Together we wish to inform the House that the Government is today publishing a summary of the UK’s activities in Burma.

08 Apr 2014 description

Joint FCO-DFID call for urgent restoration humanitarian access to all communities in Rakhine State. Mr Swire summons Burmese Ambassador.

13 Mar 2014 description

Seize historic chance in Burma: Increase UK aid for reform

The UK Department for International Development’s Burma budget should be increased promptly from £60 million to £100 million to enable greater support for education, including teacher training, the peace process and parliamentary strengthening, say MPs in the UK Parliament.

21 Jan 2014 description

Foreword by Foreign Secretary William Hague

The promotion and protection of human rights is at the heart of the UK’s foreign policy objectives. I, along with my ministerial team, consistently raise human rights violations wherever and whenever they occur. And with this in mind, I am delighted to introduce the FCO’s 2012 Annual Human Rights and Democracy Report, which details our efforts to promote human rights during 2012.

16 Jul 2013 description

UK encourages progress on reform and announces new support for Burma’s transition.

The Prime Minister today welcomed His Excellency President U Thein Sein to the UK. The visit comes 66 years after General Aung San, the founder of independent Burma and Aung San Suu Kyi’s father, visited London in 1947 to sign an agreement guaranteeing Burma’s independence. The President also met the Foreign, Defence, and International Development Secretaries during the first day of his two-day visit.

The Foreign Secretary William Hague said:

04 Mar 2013 description

Minister for South East Asia, Hugo Swire spoke to Human Rights and Burma campaigners at the FCO today about the progress being made in Burma.

Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire said:

09 Nov 2012 description

November 9, 2012

We are deeply saddened by the recent violence and displacement in Rakhine State. The latest resurgence of violence has led to the loss of life and property of thousands of innocent men, women, and children in Rakhine State. We urge all parties to work together to bring an immediate end to the violence.

19 Oct 2012 description

The Foreign Office has published new reporting on 28 Countries of Concern, along with updates on the case study countries featured in the annual human rights report. The quarterly updates cover the period from July to September 2012.

The 2011 Human Rights and Democracy Report is online to make it as accessible to the public as possible. It highlights the UK’s human rights policies and concerns on key issues, and features 28 Countries of Concern where the FCO has the most serious wide-ranging human rights concerns.

15 Apr 2012 description

Friday 13 April 2012

PRIME MINISTER

Well, thank you, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. It is a huge honour to be standing here with you. And your struggle, your bravery, your courage for standing up for the things that you believe in has been inspirational for people across the world who want to see democracy, who want to see freedom, who want to see human rights. And everyone in the United Kingdom has been inspired by your struggle.

09 Jan 2012 description

Foreign Secretary William Hague concludes first visit to Burma by a UK Foreign Secretary in over 50 years.

At a press conference in Rangoon today, marking the end of his visit to Burma, the Foreign Secretary said:

"I am delighted to be here, making the first visit by a British Foreign Secretary in 56 years. It has been made possible by the initial steps taken by President Thein Sein, including the release of over 250 political prisoners, the easing of restrictions on the media and political parties and dialogue with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the NLD.

31 Mar 2011 description

Foreword by Foreign Secretary William Hague

I am delighted to introduce the 2010 Human Rights Command Paper. Our coalition government is determined to strengthen the human rights work of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, as part of our commitment to a foreign policy that has the practical promotion of human rights as part of its irreducible core.

15 Nov 2010 description

The UK Government will give emergency food, water, sanitation and health care to more than a hundred thousand people in Burma as the full scale of destruction caused by Cyclone Giri has become clear, Secretary of State for International Development will announce today.

Evidence collected by independent agencies operating in Burma has now shown that more than 260,000 people have been severely affected and are in urgent need of emergency aid.

Many have lost their homes and means of earning a living in this 'hidden' disaster in the Western district of Rakhine State.

01 May 2009 description

Cyclone Nargis struck Burma on 2 May 2008, killing more than 140,000 people. One year on, we reflect how our partnership with DFID has helped with the humanitarian response.

Commenting on the anniversary of the cyclone Foreign Office Minister Bill Rammell said:

"Cyclone Nargis struck Burma a year ago this weekend, killing more than 140,000 people and leaving up to 2 million vulnerable. The international community came together to help the survivors, who had lost their homes, their livelihoods and their loved ones.