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International institutions

The UK works with international institutions such as the United Nations, NATO, the Commonwealth and the European Union.

United Nations Security Council

The United Nations

The UK has an Ambassador at the UN who heads our Mission to the United Nations.

Nato flag


NATO was founded in 1949, and more than 60 years later, is still vital to the security of the UK.

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The European Union

The European Union comprises 27 member states. Britain has been a member since 1973.

United Nations

United Nations building, New York

Find out more about the work of the United Nations

Britain and the European Union

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Find out more about the European Union


NATO flag (Getty Images)

Find out about the history of NATO, its objectives and the UK's role in the institution.

The Commonwealth

Members of an Ugandan dance troop perform during the opening ceremonyof the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) summit inKampala (Getty images)

The Commonwealth turned 60 in 2009, learn more about its members and values

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