FCO (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)
The FCO promotes the United Kingdom’s interests overseas, supporting our citizens and businesses around the globe.
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
The Foreign Secretary and the FCO Board of Management have agreed our new Priority Outcomes for 2017 to 2018, 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.
Who we are
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (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.