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14 Sep 2018 description

UK Ambassador delivered a statement calling for press freedoms and the protection of journalists around the world

Thank you, Mr Vice President,

The United Kingdom welcomes the attention given by the High Commissioner, and by this Council, to the safety of journalists. The ability to speak truth to power, to give a voice to the vulnerable and to shine a light on abuses and violations is an important element in protecting human rights.

12 Sep 2018 description

Statement by Ambassador Karen Pierce, UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations, at the Security Council Briefing on Peacekeeping

Delivered on: 12 September 2018 (Transcript of the speech, exactly as it was delivered)

Madam President, thank you for holding this important debate today and thank you to the Under-Secretary-General and Ms Blakemore for the briefing.

09 Sep 2018 description

In its report, Global Britain: The Responsibility to Protect and Humanitarian Intervention, the Foreign Affairs Committee considers the legal basis for military interventions under these concepts and their effectiveness in protecting civilians, with a focus on Syria.

16 Aug 2018 description

The Girls’ Education Challenge (GEC) aims to improve the learning opportunities and outcomes for up to one million of the world’s most marginalised girls. Access to a good quality education will give these girls the chance of a better future for themselves, their families and their communities.

These projects were selected through an open and transparent process and assessed for their ability to implement new and effective ways to get girls into school, keep them there and make sure they receive a good quality education in ways which are sustainable beyond the GEC funding.

16 Jul 2018 description

Lord Ahmad publishes Annual Human Rights Report 2017

Minister for Human Rights Lord Tariq Ahmad of Wimbledon, publishes the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s 2017 Annual Human Rights and Democracy Report.

Today (16 July) Lord Ahmad, the Minister for Human Rights Lord Tariq Ahmad of Wimbledon, publishes the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s 2017 Annual Human Rights and Democracy Report.

13 Jun 2018 description

Statement by Ambassador Jonathan Allen, UK Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, at the Security Council Briefing on Central Africa and Lake Chad Basin.

Delivered on:
13 June 2018 (Transcript of the speech, exactly as it was delivered)

08 Jun 2018 description
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Pacific Marine Climate Change Report Card 2018
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Effects of Climate Change Relevant to the Pacific Islands
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Effects of Climate Change on Sea Levels and Inundation Relevant to the Pacific Islands
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Effects of Climate Change on Ocean Acidification Relevant to the Pacific Islands
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Effects of Climate Change on Extreme Events Relevant to the Pacific Islands
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Effects of Climate Change on Sea Temperature Relevant to the Pacific Islands
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Effects of Climate Change on Mangroves Relevant to the Pacific Islands
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Effects of Climate Change on Seagrasses and Seagrass Habitats Relevant to the Pacific Islands
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Effects of Climate Change on Corals Relevant to the Pacific Islands
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Effects of Climate Change on Fish and Shellfish Relevant to Pacific Islands, and the Coastal Fisheries they Support
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Effects of Climate Change on Ocean Fisheries Relevant to the Pacific Islands
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Effects of Climate Change on Settlements and Infrastructure Relevant to the Pacific Islands
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Effects of Climate Change on Society, Culture and Gender Relevant to the Pacific Islands
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Effects of Climate Change on 1.5° Temperature Rise Relevant to the Pacific Islands

Pacific marine climate change - partnership with regional and UK experts reveals full regional impacts

17 Apr 2018 description

The UK has announced further support for the fight against malaria to save more than 120,000 lives ahead of a Malaria Summit tomorrow with Commonwealth leaders.

As the second largest international donor, the UK has been at the forefront of efforts to reduce the number of cases for many years by investing in treatment, prevention and research, including the fight against the threat of drug resistance.

16 Apr 2018 description

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon announces £2.9 million for human rights projects across the Commonwealth, with particular focus on the South Pacific and small states.

UK Minister for Human Rights today announces 3 projects to support human rights across the Commonwealth, with particular focus on the South Pacific and small states. This £2.9 million work will support member states, regional organisations and human rights institutions in promoting human rights standards across the Commonwealth, with a focus on equality and adherence to international human rights obligations.

16 Apr 2018 description

The Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson announces £1.6 million to put women at the heart of conflict resolution.

Championing girls’ education to promote global stability will be at the heart of UK foreign policy to positively transform the lives of women and girls in conflict.

Women and girls are disproportionately affected by conflict but they are also key to its resolution.

15 Mar 2018 description

HM Government welcomes the Independent Commission for Aid Impact’s learning review of the UK aid response to global health threats and its recommendations.

26 Feb 2018 description

Penny Mordaunt spoke to the aid sector at their annual gathering in London.

We’ve just 12 years left to fulfil our promise to the world’s poorest, and the commitment so central to the Global Goals – to Leave No One Behind.

We set ourselves the task that by 2030 every child will have the chance of a decent education, but we are 85 years adrift on current projections – not set to achieve that until 2115.

That is better though than our current assessment on when we will end malnutrition – we are looking at least a century before delivering that.

22 Feb 2018 description

LONDON, 22 February 2017

The UK is more than half way towards meeting its commitment to resettle 20,000 people through the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme (VPRS) by 2020, new Government figures revealed today.

The latest quarterly Home Office immigration statistics show that 10,538 refugees have been resettled on the VPRS, one of the largest global resettlement programmes, since it began.

14 Feb 2018 description

International Development Secretary tells the international aid community to urgently stamp out sexual exploitation and abuse

International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt has called upon the international community to step up alongside the UK to drive up safeguarding standards so that we can stamp out “horrifying” sexual abuse and exploitation from the aid sector.

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.

15 Sep 2017 description

Why is financial protection important to reduce poverty and increase shared prosperity?

Financial losses from natural disasters continue to rise. Developing countries and their low-income populations experience the greatest impacts.

Over the last 10 years, global losses due to natural disasters have averaged $165 billion a year.

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.