The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, the Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP, stated that the UK's commitment to the United Nations will be "at the heart" of Britain's foreign, defence and security policy.
Mr Hammond was responding to a letter from Sir Jeremy Greenstock, UNA-UK's Chairman, calling for the UK Government to invest in strengthening the United Nations in its upcoming Nataional Security Strategy (NSS) and Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR).
Mr Hammond stated that he has "on many occasions, stressed that as one of the most open economies in the world, the UK has a greater stake than most in securing a world that operates according to a rules-based system". The letter goes on to state that the "United Nations is the cornerstone" for building a more stable, secure and prosperous world.
Mr Hammond also explains that:
The Secretary of State also addresses the UK's recent announcement to increase its contribution to peace operations in Somalia and South Sudan, where UK troops are to provide medical, logistical, engineering, training and advisory support.
UNA-UK has sent similar letters to the Prime Minister and Secretaries of State for International Development and Defence - and their shadow counterparts - as part of its engagement with the NSS and SDSR. All have now responded positively to our request that these strategic documents set out a key role for the UN in the UK's foreign and defence policy.
UNA-UK also coordinated submissions from its members and supporters on what the UK should prioritise as part of its review process.
The NSS and SDSR are expected to be published next week.
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