For the United States and United Kingdom, our economic wellbeing is inextricably linked to one another. We are each other’s largest investors, and largest foreign employers. Our mutual language, common history and shared values make business collaborations between Britain and America easier and more prosperous. We are home to innovators and entrepreneurs who are building the economies of the future. Learn More›
check the NaTHNaC website or contact your GP’s surgery as early as possible before you travel to find out if you need any vaccinations or other medication
for certain countries your passport must be valid for 6 months after the date you travel – check the entry requirements section of the travel advice for the country you are travelling to
take enough money for your trip and some back-up funds in a mix of cash and cards
Visiting friends or family abroad? You still need to take the same preparations as if you were going on holiday. Foreign Office research from earlier this year showed that nearly half of young people did not take out insurance the last time they stayed with family and friends.
The people of N Korea are in official mourning after the death of Kim Jong Il. We understand this is a difficult time for them.
This could be a turning point for North Korea. We hope that their new leadership will recognise that engagement with the international community offers the best prospect of improving the lives of ordinary North Korean people.
We encourage North Korea to work for peace and security in the region and take the steps necessary to allow the resumption of the Six Party Talks on denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.
Foreign Office Minister Henry Bellingham has welcomed the outcome of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 17) which concluded in Durban, South Africa on 11 December.
Mr Bellingham said:
The outcome at Durban has exceeded the expectations of many. We have a renewed commitment to tackling climate change through international law, and to helping the poorest countries respond. I congratulate all that were involved in the UK’s efforts in Durban.
The conference agreed to adopt a second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol, and to establish the Green Climate Fund to support developing countries in reducing their emissions and adapting to climate change.
The conference also recognised the global gap in ambition between the pledges made to reduce emissions and what is necessary to stay within the agreed target of keeping below 2 degrees of warming, and launched a work programme for increasing global ambition. More ›
This year thousands of ordinary citizens across the Middle East took to the streets demanding political freedom and economic opportunity in their countries. Many found their voices using social media and blogs.
Today, on International Human Rights Day, I applaud their commitment and courage and renew Britain’s pledge to support the practical promotion of human rights worldwide, including on the internet.
The Internet and social media has allowed people who would otherwise never meet to reach a potentially unlimited audience, to forge new connections and mobilise behind ideas, and change the course of governments and history.
But we must constantly guard against the growing trend of the use of the internet as a means of political repression in many countries. Human rights should carry full force online: not just the right to privacy, but the right to freedom of expression. Britain is working with other countries to build a wider consensus about freedom of expression on the internet.
So over the coming year and beyond, Britain will be at the forefront of efforts to promote freedom, on the internet and across the world; working with our allies to stand up for universal human rights.
The third in our series of human rights themed podcasts focuses on the theme of social media and human rights, featuring insights from Index on Censorship, Article 19, Free Belarus Now, Sablat Oman and Computer Science at University College London.
British Ambassador to the United States Sir Nigel Sheinwald blogs about UK-US collaborations in education and science that are producing groundbreaking work to solve some of the world’s biggest challenges.
Innovators and entrepreneurs are the lifeblood of a growing economy. In the UK, we are doing all we can to help them get good ideas into the market. We already have the lowest corporate tax rate in the G7. According to the OECD, an entrepreneur in the UK can set up his business in less than two weeks; in the rest of Europe, it takes more than a month. Continuing and improving the ties of science, education and innovation between the US and UK will produce more of the innovation that ensures our continued prosperity.