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The UK has a tradition of strong, international alliances and of building dynamic relationships with other countries and peoples.

The FCO’s work in Public Diplomacy plays an important role in persuading people around the world that our common interests - and common values – mean we have to work together to tackle shared challenges, and then to turn that consensus into real action on the ground.  The aim is to stimulate thinking that will contribute to decisions and actions concerning key issues.

The UK government has identified a range of priority goals which it wishes to target in partnership with other countries, governments and peoples. These
International Strategic Priorities range from achieving climate security to making the world safer from global terrorism.  They are themes where the UK has the same priorities as many other countries which share the same values.

The FCO works in different ways through Public Diplomacy to support the achievement of these goals:


Public Diplomacy Review

As part of the Spending Review 2004 settlement, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office agreed with HM Treasury to undertake a review of the effectiveness of Public Diplomacy work - promoting a positive image of the UK overseas.

Lord Carter of Coles led this review, supported by a small secretariat in the FCO and an advisory panel of experts. He presented his report to the Foreign Secretary and Chief Secretary of the Treasury on 13 December 2005.

Executive Summary  (PDF, 57K) 1. Terms of Reference and Background to the Review  (PDF, 63K) 2. Definitions of Public Diplomacy  (PDF, 64K) 3. Progress since the Wilton Review  (PDF, 77K) 4. Public Diplomacy Strategy and Board  (PDF, 84K) 5. Public Diplomacy Institutions  (PDF, 150K)

6. Other Public Diplomacy Partners  (PDF, 82K) 7. Public Diplomacy Activity  (PDF, 226K) 9. Public Diplomacy Measurement and Evaluation  (PDF, 69K) 9. Conclusions  (PDF, 52K)

Annex A: Executive summary of Wilton Report  (PDF, 69K) Annex B: Review Team Members  (PDF, 61K) Annex C: Public Diplomacy Strategy (May 2003)  (PDF, 64K) Annex D: Summary of Public Consultation Responses  (PDF, 52K) Annex E: International Approaches to Public Diplomacy  (PDF, 64K) Annex F: Summary of Recommendations  (PDF, 80K)

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