Foreign Affairs Committee

2 November 2006


NEW INQUIRY AND EVIDENCE SESSION

ACTIVE DIPLOMACY FOR A CHANGING WORLD: THE FCO'S STRATEGIC PRIORITIES

The opinions of three former British ambassadors will feature in the launch of the inquiry of the Foreign Affairs Committee into the recent FCO White Paper, Active Diplomacy for a Changing World: The FCO's Strategic Priorities. The evidence will coincide with the release of the Committee’s report on the FCO’s 2005/6 Annual Report.

Evidence will be heard from a former British diplomat, who resigned from the FCO to found the independent diplomatic services organisation “Independent Diplomat”.

The first evidence session will be held on Wednesday 8 November, in Committee Room 15, Palace of Westminster at 9:45 am

Witnesses: Lord Hannay of Chiswick CH GCMG, former Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Sir Jeremy Greenstock GCMG, former Permanent Representative to the United Nations and Director of The Ditchley Foundation, Matthew Kirk,  Director of External Relationships, Vodafone and former British Ambassador to Finland

At approximately 10:45am:

Carne Ross, Director, Independent Diplomat and former FCO Official

Further Information:

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