Foreign and Commonwealth Office

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The Foreign & Commonwealth Office promotes the United Kingdom’s interests overseas, supporting our citizens and businesses around the globe.

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) promotes the United Kingdom’s interests overseas, supporting our citizens and businesses around the globe. The FCO has a worldwide network of embassies and consulates, employing over 14,000 people in nearly 270 diplomatic offices. We work with international organisations to promote UK interests and global security, including the EU, NATO, the United Nations, the UN Security Council and the Commonwealth.

Responsibilities

We are responsible for:

  • Safeguarding the UK’s national security by countering terrorism and weapons proliferation, and working to reduce conflict
  • Building the UK’s prosperity by increasing exports and investment, opening markets, ensuring access to resources, and promoting sustainable global growth
  • Supporting British nationals around the world through modern and efficient consular services

Priorities

The Foreign Secretary and the FCO Board of Management have agreed our new Priority Outcomes for 2015 to 2016, which fall under our foreign policy priorities of protecting our people, projecting our global influence and promoting our prosperity.

Read our Single Departmental Plan to find out more about how we are performing against our objectives.