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Our priorities

We will pursue an active and activist foreign policy, working with other countries and strengthening the rules-based international system in support of our values.

You can also read the FCO Business Plan which sets out, in detail, the Coalition Government's vision for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office over the next four years.

The Foreign Secretary outlines the Coalition Government's vision in the following video:

Video: Government vision on UK foreign policy

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Our purpose

Foreign Secretary William Hague addressing staff

Use our global diplomatic network to protect and promote UK interests worldwide.


Ambassador Sherard Cowper-Coles with Afghan District Administrator, Uluswal

Safeguard Britain's national security by countering terrorism and weapons proliferation, and working to reduce conflict.


Climate change demonstrators juggle an inflatable globe (Getty images)

Build Britain’s prosperity by increasing exports and investment, opening markets, ensuring access to resources, and promoting sustainable global growth.


A British passport

Support British nationals around the world through modern and efficient consular services.


Key Foreign Secretary speeches

Britain's foreign policy in a networked world

Britain's values in a networked world

Britain’s prosperity in a networked world

International security in a networked world

Foreign Secretary's video blog on foreign policy priorities for 2011

See also

FCO Business Plan

Our purpose




FCO business plan

Foreign Secretary William Hague on YouTube

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