In the FCDO’s Outcome Delivery Plan 2021 to 2022 there is some quite exciting stuff. I’ve cherry-picked the bits I like best:
Our ambition for the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office is to maximise our global impact in the service of British interests and values – working together with our partners and allies as a force for good in the world.
We want to see a world that is safe for open and free societies to thrive, where we benefit from technology while maintaining our security and freedoms, where countries come together to tackle the biggest global challenges for the benefit of everyone.
We will be a force for good in the world, getting COVID-19 vaccines to the poorest countries, shifting the dial on climate change, tackling poverty, giving girls in the poorest countries a proper education, and standing up for democracy, freedom and human rights when they come under attack.
A. Executive summary
Vision and mission
The FCDO will pursue our national interests and project the UK as a force for good in the world. We will promote the interests of British citizens, safeguard the UK’s security, defend our values, reduce poverty and tackle global challenges with our international partners.
C. Priority outcomes delivery plans
The outcomes are linked to UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Priority Outcome 1: Shape the international order and ensure the UK is a force for good in the world by supporting sustainable development and humanitarian needs, promoting human rights and democracy, and establishing common international standards
This is aligned with these SDGs:
- SDG 1: No Poverty (Target 1.3)
- SDG 2: Zero Hunger (Targets 2.1, 2.2, 2.5)
- SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being (Targets 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.7, 3.8)
- SDG 4: Quality Education (Target 4.5)
- SDG 5: Gender Equality
- SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
- SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy (Target 7.a)
- SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth (Target 8.4)
- SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure (Target 9.5)
- SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities (Target 10.2)
- SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities (Targets 11.5, 11.b)
- SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production (Target 12.2)
- SDG 13: Climate Action (Target 13.1)
- SDG 15: Life on Land (Targets 15.5, 15.a)
- SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions (Targets 16.1, 16.2, 16.3, 16.7, 16.10, 16.a, 16.b)
The FCDO will play a critical role in strengthening international security and making the UK safer and more resilient to global threats. Our capacity to prevent, deter, respond to and mitigate most threats relies on our relationships and influence abroad. We will coordinate the delivery of activity and relationships overseas to protect and promote UK resilience and a resilient global system.
We will develop clearer areas of UK specialism in addressing conflict and instability, better aligning our tools and capabilities. We will lead and contribute to effective international efforts to prevent, manage and support transition out of conflict, as a force for good.
That is only one part of the much larger plan. And this is the part I find most exciting – something I would like to be a part of.