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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

Yemen skyline (Getty images)

The UK's policy towards Yemen

The UK is committed to a united Yemen, with a stable and prosperous future.

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

Piracy

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.

Conflict minerals

Man looks for copper (© Getty images)

Encouraging British companies trading in minerals from the Democratic Republic of Congo to do so in a way which is socially, economically and environmentally responsible.

Afghanistan

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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Response to the FAC's report on Afghanistan and Pakistan

News, 04 May 2011
The Foreign Secretary William Hague has presented to Parliament his response to the Foreign Affairs Committee’s fourth report on the UK’s foreign policy approach to Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Minister for human rights policy marks World Press Freedom Day

News, 03 May 2011
Foreign Office Minister Jeremy Browne has recorded a video message, which was screened at an event hosted by members of the UK National Commission for UNESCO and the UK Press Freedom Network on 3 May. Watch it here and read our blogs round-up.

United Kingdom support for Afghan security and justice

News, 27 Apr 2011
Foreign Office Minister, Alistair Burt, met a range of civil society on 26 April to discuss collective support to promote Afghan security and justice.

Minister for human rights policy answers your questions on 2010 report

News, 21 Apr 2011
Foreign Office Minister Jeremy Browne has answered a selection of questions from the public on Human Rights and Democracy: The 2010 FCO Report. You can read and comment on the report online.

FCO hosts discussion of 2010 Human Rights and Democracy Report

News, 12 Apr 2011
Foreign Office Minister Jeremy Browne discussed Human Rights and Democracy: The 2010 FCO Report with NGOs and members of the Foreign Secretary's Human Rights Advisory Group. You can submit questions about the report to the Minister online.

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