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An ever-increasing number of organisations and institutions linked to the work of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office have their own information services on the World Wide Web.

British diplomatic missions
External Website Link   British Consulate-General Ekaterinburg

External Website Link   British Consulate-General Hong Kong

External Website Link   British Consulate-General Jerusalem

External Website Link   British Consulate-General Milan

External Website Link   British Consulate-General Sao Paulo

External Website Link   British Consulate-General Shanghai

External Website Link   British Embassy Abu Dhabi / Dubai

External Website Link   British Embassy Athens

External Website Link   British Embassy Bahrain

External Website Link   British Embassy Baku

External Website Link   British Embassy Bangkok

External Website Link   British Embassy Belgrade

External Website Link   British Embassy Berne

External Website Link   British Embassy Bonn: 'Großbritannien in Deutschland'

External Website Link   British Embassy Brussels

External Website Link   British Embassy Copenhagen

External Website Link   British Embassy Hanoi

External Website Link   British Embassy Helsinki

External Website Link   British Embassy Jakarta

External Website Link   British Embassy Kiev

External Website Link   British Embassy Ljubljana

External Website Link   British Embassy Mexico City

External Website Link   British Embassy Moscow

External Website Link   British Embassy Oslo

External Website Link   British Embassy Paris

External Website Link   British Embassy Prague

External Website Link   British Embassy Rome

External Website Link   British Embassy Sofia

External Website Link   British Embassy Stockholm

External Website Link   British Embassy Tokyo: 'UK Now'

External Website Link   British Embassy Tunis

External Website Link   British Embassy Vilnius

External Website Link   British Embassy Warsaw

External Website Link   British High Commission New Delhi: 'UK in India'

External Website Link   British High Commission Nicosia

External Website Link   British High Commission Ottawa

External Website Link   British High Commission Singapore

External Website Link   British High Commission Suva: 'Britain in the Pacific'

External Website Link   British High Commission Wellington

External Website Link   British Information Services Canberra

External Website Link   British Information Services Johannesburg: 'Britain in South Africa'

External Website Link   British Information Services New York: 'Britain in the USA'

External Website Link   Trade & Investment Promotion in Germany

External Website Link   UK Mission to the United Nations, New York

External Website Link   United Kingdom Representation to the European Union, Brussels

International institutions
External Website Link   Council of Europe

The Council of Europe, based in Strasbourg, France, is an international organisation concerned with matters of democracy, education, human rights and culture. The UK was one of the founder members of the Council, which now includes countries from across the continent.

External Website Link   EUROPA: European Commission

EUROPA, a common endeavour of the EU's institutions run by the European Commission, offers information on the European Union's goals and policies. A full range of news and reference material is available, along with links to Member States' own web sites.

External Website Link   NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation)

NATO now has its own comprehensive web site, with news and reference material, plus special pages focussing on specific issues such as Bosnia and NATO enlargement.

External Website Link   Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

Based in Paris, the OECD is a unique forum permitting governments of the industrialised democracies to study and formulate the best policies possible in all economic and social spheres.

External Website Link   Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe

The OSCE is a pan-European security organization whose 55 participating States span the geographical area from Vancouver to Vladivostok. It takes a comprehensive view of security. Its bodies and institutions take a co-operative approach to a wide range of security-related issues including arms control, preventive diplomacy, confidence- and security-building measures, human rights, election monitoring and economic security.

External Website Link   The Commonwealth Secretariat

The 53 Commonwealth member states include people of different races and origins, representing every stage of economic and social development and comprising various traditions and institutions. The special strength of this diverse association of nations lies in its shared heritage of language, culture and the rule of law which has grown out of its common historical connections. The result is a bond of beliefs in fundamental political values.

External Website Link   The Commonwealth: 'Young Commonwealth'

A special web site explaining the role of the Commonwealth to a younger audience,including the ability to send electronic postcards.

External Website Link   United Nations

The official home page of the UN, with information on all its activities.

External Website Link   WEU (Western European Union)

The WEU was originally formed in 1948, but was reactivated in 1984 as a forum for defence cooperation between its member States. It is the only European organisation empowered to carry out military operations.

Linked organisations
External Website Link   BBC World Service

The BBC World Service is funded primarily by a grant-in-aid from FCO. It is a constituent part of the BBC and enjoys complete editorial and managerial independence, broadcasting in English and 40 other languages throughout the world. It has an estimated audience of 130 million regular listeners, excluding countries where reliable research has not been possible.

External Website Link   British Chevening Scholarships

The British Chevening Scholarships, funded by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the Department for International Development (DFID), are prestigious awards which enable overseas students to study in the United Kingdom. The scholarships are offered in more than 150 countries and enable talented graduates and young professionals to become familiar with the UK and to gain skills which will benefit their countries.

External Website Link   British Council

The British Council promotes a wider knowledge of the United Kingdom and the English language, and encourages cultural, scientific, technological and educational co-operation with other countries. Although funded by grants-in-aid from FCO, it sets its own professional standards and devises and manages its own programmes; its priorities, objectives and output measures are set in close consultation with FCO.

External Website Link   Foreign Press Association

The Foreign Press Association (FPA) is the London centre for foreign correspondents. Founded in 1888 to help foreign journalists, it now has over 500 journalists from 60 countries as members, along with 250 associate members. The Association hosts briefings, lunches and informal meetings throughout the year with well known personalities, including Members of Parliament, Cabinet Ministers and other Government spokesmen, leading industrialists and City figures, writers, actors and other representatives of public life.

External Website Link   Human Rights in Foreign Policy

The Government has made human rights a central theme of its foreign policy. This site, run by the Human Rights Policy Department of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, allows visitors to search a database of the projects supported by the Foreign Office around the world, demonstrating Britain's commitment to human rights for all.

External Website Link   Publications from Britain

An online bookstore, where you can purchase booklets and wallcharts on Britain and British life using your credit card.

External Website Link   Visit Britain: British Tourist Authority

The British Tourist Authority (BTA) is an official body set up by Parliament in 1969. Its main functions are to increase tourism to Britain from overseas, to advise the Government and public bodies on tourism matters which affect Britain as a whole, and to encourage the provision and improvement of tourist facilities and amenities in Britain.

External Website Link   Wilton Park

For over 50 years, Wilton Park has been bringing together policy-makers, politicians, NGO representatives, academics, business executives and journalists from all over the world to focus on key policy issues. Wilton Park's status as an autonomous Executive Agency of the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office gives it a unique role in international policy-making.

Related UK Government resources
External Website Link   British Trade International

Through this joint FCO-DTI operation, the British Government provides a wide range of export support to UK companies. Our aim is clear: we want to encourage and help potential exporters to think seriously about selling overseas and existing exporters to sell more.

External Website Link   CCTA Government Information Service

CCTA, the Central Computer and Telecommunications Agency maintains a centralised World Wide Web site containing information from dozens of public sector sources, including a number of government departments. It also offers links to, and a searchable database of all UK government information on the Internet.

External Website Link   Central Office of Information

As part of its News Distribution Service, the Central Office of Information posts all UK governmental press releases on the Internet.

External Website Link   Department for International Development (DFID)

Formerly the aid wing of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, now a department in its own right, the Department for International Development manages Britain's aid to around 150 developing countries, as well as the states of central and eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union.

External Website Link   DTI: Department of Trade and Industry

DTI aims to help UK business compete successfully at home, in the rest of Europe, and throughout the world. Its Internet service aims to help business people find the right contact points in the DTI quickly and easily, and provides a range of more general information about the Department's activities.

External Website Link   Export Credit Guarantee Department

The Export Credit Guarantee Department is the UK's official export credit agency, a separate department of the UK Government, reporting directly to the President of the Board of Trade. Its main purpose is to assist UK companies in the export of capital and project-related goods/services by guaranteeing the repayment of loans made to overseas borrowers to help finance export orders, and providing exporters with insurance protection against the main commercial and political risks of not being paid by their buyers abroad.

External Website Link   Houses of Parliament

Parliament's web site offers the full text of Hansard, free on the Internet within 24 hours. It also offers a number of fact sheets on various facets of the Houses, along with details of Parliamentary business. For live TV pictures of Parliament, try the BBC web site.

External Website Link   Invest in Britain Bureau

The Invest in Britain Bureau (IBB) is the only government agency assisting overseas companies with comprehensive arrangements for locating, relocating or expanding business anywhere within the United Kingdom. Since 1977 its activities have helped Britain to remain one of the world's top venues for inward investment.

External Website Link   Overseas Labour Service

OLS administers the Work Permit Scheme. This service allows employers based in Great Britain to employ people who are not nationals of a European Economic Area country and are not entitled to work in this country. You can only make a work permit application if you are an employer based in Great Britain and you need to employ a person to work in England, Scotland or Wales.

External Website Link   UK Passport Agency

An executive agency of the Home Office, the UK Passport Agency issues and services UK passports, and issues visas for entry into British dependent territories overseas to foreign nationals and Commonwealth citizens already in the UK.

                                                                                               

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