The Prime Minister and/or Foreign Secretary appoint special representatives in recognition of our top foreign policy priorities.
Special representatives use their expertise to develop a greater coherent effort in making sure that we work closely and effectively with foreign powers.
A special representative based in the Foreign Office will work closely with colleagues across Whitehall, including Number 10, the Cabinet Office, MoD, DfID and the Home Office.
Sir Andrew Burns is the United Kingdom’s first Envoy for post-Holocaust issues.
John Ashton is the Foreign Secretary's Special Representative for Climate Change
Michael Ryder is the UK's Special Representative for Sudan working jointly with FCO and DFID
Karen Pierce is the Foreign Secretary's Special Representative on Afghanistan and Pakistan
Sir Brian Fall is the UK's Special Representative for South Caucasus.