A look at the work of the Foreign Office and its embassies overseas this week.
The main focus of the Foreign Office this week was Libya:
- Foreign Secretary attends UN Human Rights Council in Geneva
- Prime Minister statement to Parliament on the Government’s response
- Foreign Secretary presses Libyan Foreign Minister to end violence
- Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt statement to Parliament on the consular response
- Foreign Secretary discusses Libya with French Foreign Minister
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg explained why the EU cannot afford to adopt a neutral stance towards events in North Africa in a speech in Brussels.
Foreign Office Minister Jeremy Browne updated Parliament on the UK response to the earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand.
” 2011 could be the pivotal year for the future of the Commonwealth” said Foreign Office Minister Lord Howell in his speech on Wednesday.
A documentary on the work of the Forced Marriage Unit aired on TV on Monday. The documentary showed the work of the Unit at the busiest time of year - the summer school holidays.
Welcoming progress on the Arms Trade Treaty, Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt said that a global Arms Trade Treaty has the potential to “prevent human rights abuses, reduce conflict and make the world a safer place”.
Tunisia, Libya, climate security and St David’s Day were amongst the subjects discussed by Foreign Office bloggers this week.