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16 Jan 2018 description

This national action plan is the UK government’s 5-year strategy for how we will meet our Women, Peace and Security commitments under United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 to reduce the impact of conflict on women and girls and to promote their inclusion in conflict resolution. It is part of wider efforts to ensure that the UK’s foreign policy consciously and consistently delivers for women and girls.

16 Jan 2018 description


We are examining DFID’s work in Bangladesh and Burma. This Report is the first output from that inquiry. It focuses on the culmination of decades of marginalisation and abuse of the Rohingya people of Rakhine State in northern Burma. This took the form of a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing” perpetrated by the Burmese security forces over the latter half of 2017 causing the flight of over 650,500 Rohingya people into Bangladesh.

11 Dec 2017 description

Minister for Asia Mark Field spoke in Westminster Hall about the situation the Rohingya people are facing and how the UK is assisting in Burma and Bangladesh.

I am grateful to the Honourable Member for the City of Durham (Roberta Blackman-Woods) for securing this debate.

23 Oct 2017 description

The UK has led the way in providing support for the Rohingya crisis – the world’s fastest growing humanitarian catastrophe – by committing a further £12 million.

The UK has increased its own support for innocent families who have been forced to flee relentless violence in Burma and make the treacherous journey to Bangladesh to find refuge. This is an increase from £35 million to £47 million (US $63 million) committed since the end of August, including £5 million to match the generous donations of the UK public to the Disaster Emergency Committee appeal.

19 Oct 2017 description

Speaking in yesterday’s Commons debate on “The persecution of the Rohingya by the Myanmar Government”, the Chair of the International Development Committee announced that members had agreed to inquire into DFID’s work in Bangladesh and Burma and would start by looking at the UK’s response to the humanitarian situation caused by the recent surge of Rohingya people fleeing from Burma to Bangladesh.

17 Oct 2017 description

The International Development Committee has announced a new inquiry on Burma and Bangladesh, including the persecution of the Rohingya by the Myanmar Government.

Stephen Twigg MP, Chair of the International Development Committee – speaking in the House on “The persecution of the Rohingya by the Myanmar Government” – announced that the IDC had agreed to inquire into DFID’s work in Bangladesh and Burma and would start by looking at the UK’s response to the humanitarian situation for Rohingya people fleeing from Burma to Bangladesh.

03 Oct 2017 description

At the invitation of the Myanmar Government, we visited Northern Rakhine today. We went to a number of villages in Maungdaw and Rathedaung districts and met a mixture of local communities.

This initiative by the Government of Myanmar allowed us to show support for the many people of all communities in northern Rakhine who have suffered and still feel great insecurity.

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


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.