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Conflict prevention

Our staff are working around the world to stabilise and tackle the causes of conflict.

Women, peace and security

Women, peace and security

The UK has agreed a new National Action Plan to set out how the government will integrate Women, Peace and Security into our work on conflict

Afghan woman partaking in elections (Getty images)

Afghanistan elections

Find out more about the 2010 parliamentary elections in Afghanistan

Armed pirate keeping vigil along the coastline in Somalia (getty images)

Piracy off the coast of Somalia

Piracy is a problem facing the entire international community and continues to disrupt trade

Middle East and North Africa

Middle East Peace Plan

The FCO's work in Middle East and North Africa including the Middle East Peace Process.


A boat seized from suspected Somali pirates (Getty images)

Piracy off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden is a problem facing the entire international community.


Afghan man in traditional dress (FCO image)

Find out more about the UK's role in Afghanistan

Women, peace & security

Female peacekeeping forces, UN Photo

The UK conducts advocacy and programmes in many of the world’s trouble spots to promote a positive role for women. We are working to drive international action through the UN, the EU and NATO.

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