The FCO’s role on behalf of the UK around the world has changed in many ways over the last five years. This is an opportunity to speak to Simon Fraser, head of the Diplomatic Service about what we have achieved, the problems we have encountered and the lessons we have learned in transforming the work of such a historic institution.
Areas where the FCO has had a renewed focus include:
- Leading the UK’s response on the ground to global disasters and crises such as the Nepal Earthquake, tackling Ebola and the shooting down of Air Malaysia flight MH17
- A bigger than ever drive to open up global trade abroad to create economic growth and jobs at home
- Launching the Diplomatic Academy and re-opening our language training centre to strengthen British diplomacy
- Founding the global Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict campaign
- Helping with preparations for major events, such as the Olympics and the NATO summit
- Modernising the consular support we give to British people around the world
- Re-organising our network of embassies and consulates – opening new posts so we have officials in places where the UK can have the most impact.
Challenges faced along the way include:
- Doing more with declining resources
- Responding to multiple crises happening at the same time
- Improving the coordination of international work across the whole of Government
To take part, tweet your questions to @SimonFraserFCO and include #askFCO. You can submit questions in advance or to Simon when he is online from 12.30 – 13.15.