Sir Andrew, a former UK Ambassador to Israel, leads the government’s work on post-Holocaust initiatives.
Sir Andrew Burns was appointed Special Envoy for Post-Holocaust issues in June 2010. He works closely with the wide range of Holocaust academics, survivors and educational and social organisations in the UK.
Sir Andrew’s key objective is to ensure that the UK continues to play a prominent role in international discussions on all Holocaust-related matters, especially those relating to education and the opening of archives and that we continue to respond to the concerns of Holocaust victims and their families. The latest UK report on holocaust education stresses our commitment to ensuring that the Holocaust is never forgotten.
Sir Andrew’s role also includes a focus on the restitution of art and immovable property and promoting the implementation of the 2009 Terezin Declaration on Holocaust Era Assets.
Sir Andrew’s career includes the following positions:
- British Ambassador to Israel, 1992 to 1995
- Deputy Under Secretary of State responsible for the Government’s bilateral and trade relations outside Europe, 1995 to 1997
- British Consul-General to the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau, 1997 to 2000
- British High Commissioner to Canada, 2000 to 2003
United Kingdom Envoy for post-Holocaust issues
Special representatives use their expertise to develop a greater coherent effort in making sure that the FCO can work closely and effectively with foreign powers.