As well as maintaining bilateral relations with individual countries, as outlined in the FCO’s series of country briefs, the UK’s foreign policy is pursued through its membership of international organisations and groupings such as the EU, the UN, and NATO. You can find out more about the UK’s multilateral representation in the International Organisations area.
The UK’s commitments to ensuring quality of life for all, a strong international community, the UK’s prosperity and security, and international stability, are reflected in the FCO’s work to protect the environment; ensure a sustainable global economy; promote human rights civil liberties and democracy; ensure international security and to combat the illegal drugs trade and other aspects of international crime. The UK is also strongly committed to the security and prosperity of its overseas territories. All these aspects of UK foreign policy, and the FCO’s work to promote these policies, are explained in more detail in the key theme areas listed on the left. Summaries are provided below:
UK Policy on the Environment
Background to UK policy; Funds and Initiatives; Biodiversity; Climate Change; Environmental Security; EU and Multilateral work; Sustainable Development.
|Policy on Human Rights|
Background to UK Policy; Human Rights Project Fund; Annual Reports on Human Rights; World Conference Against Racism; Forum.
UK Policy on International Crime
Coordinating international anti-drugs initiatives; Tackling the major drug threats; Tackling the threat of international organised crime; Tools to implement the strategy.
UK Membership of International Organisations
UK policy towards, and involvement in: the Commonwealth; Council of Europe; European Union; NATO; OSCE; United Nations.
UK Policy on Arms Control and Non-Proliferation; European Security and Defence Policy; Strengthening NATO in its Modern Role; Combating Terrorism.
Key Concerns about Globalisation; Corporate Citizenship; Sustainable Development; Trade Policy; International Organisations.
UK Policy on Environment and conservation; Good Government Fund; Human Rights; OTs and the EU; OTs Bill.