Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) promotes British interests overseas, supporting our citizens and businesses around the globe.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office and its network of embassies and consulates is a unique national asset. British diplomats have world-class skills in understanding and influencing what is happening abroad, supporting our citizens who are travelling and living overseas, promoting British trade and other interests abroad and encouraging foreign investment in the UK. The FCO also has duties and responsibilities around helping to detect and prevent cyber-crime.


Movers and shakers



Structure


The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is a ministerial department, supported by 12 agencies and public bodies. This includes UK Trade and Investment, GCHQ, the Cybersecurity Operations Centre, the Secret Intelligence Service and CESG – the National Technical Authority for Security Accreditation.


Work topics


The government works to promote and protect UK interests internationally, and works with other countries to make progress on issues of mutual concern like trade, climate change, security and economic development.

The government works to develop British interests in the EU, and works constructively with the EU and its member states on issues like trade, the single market, and economic growth.

The government is working at home and abroad to adapt to the effects of climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by investing in low-carbon energy sources, improving fuel standards in cars and increasing energy efficiency wherever possible.

The government works to identify the most pressing risks to our security, and put in place the ways and means to address them.

Around 1.4 billion people around the world still live in poverty. The government is working with international organisations and the governments of poorer countries to help alleviate poverty.


Ministers


A list of ministers is available by clicking on the website link below. You can also see who is in your business network using the LinkedIn profile above.


Website


www.gov.uk/government/organisations/foreign-commonwealth-office