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Prime Minister and US President strengthen collaboration

Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama announced today six specific areas where the UK and the US will strengthen their co-operation in the coming months.

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They span security and support to Armed Forces personnel; commitments to collaboration in science, higher education, volunteerism and international development; and the development of cyberspace:

Analysing future challenges in the global economic and security environment
A UK-US Joint Strategy Board will help to develop a co-ordinated approach to long term challenges in the global economic and security environment. The Board will be co-chaired by the US National Security Staff and the UK National Security Secretariat. It will meet quarterly and will report to the US and UK National Security Advisors, Thomas E. Donilon and Sir Peter Ricketts. Read more

Support for Armed Forces Personnel
The UK and the US will work together through the establishment of a Service Personnel Task Force with the aim of delivering the best possible support for serving members of the Armed Forces and veterans. It will focus on linking service personnel, veterans and families to their local communities; helping those leaving the Services into civilian life; and supporting wounded, injured and sick personnel. Read more

UK-US partnership for global development
The Prime Minister and President reaffirmed their commitment to changing the lives of 1.2 billion people in the world today. The UK and the US will work together to advance economic growth; prevent conflict in fragile states; improve global health particularly for girls and women; and mitigate the effects of climate change. Read more

US Peace Corps and Voluntary Service Overseas partnership on volunteerism
The US Peace Corps and Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) will jointly promote volunteering and active citizenship through people to people exchanges. They will work together alongside local communities and organisations on development priorities and they will enhance their effectiveness by sharing best practice in training, systems and innovation. Read more

Increased co-operation in cyberspace
The UK and the US will work together to nurture and accelerate the opportunities and growth that cyberspace offers the global economy by building international consensus on the broad principles that will sustain and enhance the prosperity, security and openness of our networked world. Read more
Strengthened collaboration in science and higher education**
The UK and the United States will increase the links between their higher education institutions through increased post-graduate student and researcher exchange programmes. We will also collaborate on a number of significant research projects and will embark together on an ambitious programme to create the world’s first combined space weather model. Read more

Published 25 May 2011