International relations

  1. Donating medical equipment: report

    This report by the Chief Medical Officer reviews the standards required for medical equipment donations to low- and middle-income countries. It includes a 10 step guide to the donation journey and links to key guidance.

  2. Equality, opportunity, community: New leadership - A fresh start

    This publication sets out the First Minister’s vision for Scotland and the outcomes he and his government aim to achieve by 2026.

  3. Connecting Scotland’s worldwide diaspora

    New Framework to enhance engagement.

  4. Scottish Connections Framework

    This Framework sets out a cohesive and cross-cutting approach to diaspora engagement. It outlines a series of commitments and ambitions to strengthen and expand our relationships with, and between, Scotland’s international communities, and expand on existing work with our established networks.

  5. National Events Strategy Review: Easy Read version

    Easy Read version of consultation to help shape the review of Scotland's National Events Strategy.

  6. National events strategy review: consultation - Gaelic version

    Gaelic version of consultation to help shape the review of Scotland's national events strategy.

  7. National events strategy review: consultation

    Scotland's National events strategy is being reviewed and updated. This will extend its term to the end of 2035. This survey provides everyone with a role in Scotland’s world-class event industry the chance to shape the sector’s updated strategy.

  8. National events strategy review: business and regulatory impact assessment - partial

    Partial business and regulatory impact assessment (BRIA) for the consultation to help shape the review of Scotland's national events strategy.

  9. Building new links with the Arctic

    Arctic Frontiers Abroad conference takes place in Aberdeen.

  10. Arctic Connections Fund: form and guidance

    A fund to help Scottish organisations and communities collaborate with partners in the Arctic.

  11. £1 million flood support for Pakistan

    Communities in worst flood-affected areas will receive funding.

  12. Call to re-join research funding programme

    UK Government urged to secure Horizon Europe opportunity.

  13. £500,000 for East Africa

    Funding to alleviate the food crisis.

  14. £500,000 emergency funding for Türkiye and Syria.

    Funding to support humanitarian aid efforts.

  15. International culture strategy: survey

    We are seeking views to inform the development of a strategy to support the international aspirations and potential of Scotland’s culture sector.

  16. International culture strategy: survey - easy read

    We are seeking views to inform the development of a strategy to support the international aspirations and potential of Scotland’s culture sector.

  17. Norway-UK negotiations conclude

    Increased monkfish quota important for Scotland’s fishers

  18. Second charter ship for Ukrainians

    Preparations under way as vessel arrives to host displaced people.

  19. Strengthening Scotland’s Nordic ties

    First Minister to visit Denmark.

  20. Super sponsor scheme paused

    Ensuring support can continue after large increase of new applications.

  21. Reference to the Supreme Court on independence referendum published

    Lord Advocate requested decision to establish Scottish Parliament powers.

  22. Further help for Ukraine

    £65 million of funding for military aid.

  23. Minister to visit Poland

    Two day trip underlines Scotland's support for displaced people of Ukraine

  24. Renewed focus needed on climate emergency

    Energy security drive must align with climate goals

  25. Conference on the Future of Europe: submission

    Scottish Government written submission for the Conference on the Future of Europe, on a range of issues where EU leadership is important and where Scotland can contribute to Europe’s future success and prosperity.

  26. Strengthening bonds with US and Canada

    Cabinet Secretary engagements in North America.

  27. Scottish Government procurement strategy: April 2022 to March 2024

    Scottish Government procurement strategy covering the period from April 2022 to March 2024.

  28. Support for Ukrainians in Scotland

    Access to healthcare and social security benefits.

  29. Safeguarding Ukrainian arrivals

    Free vetting scheme for volunteer hosts.

  30. A Warm Scots Welcome

    Message from First Minister to Ukrainians arriving in Scotland.

  31. Scheme opens for displaced Ukrainians

    People encouraged to register to help.

  32. £15 million for Ukraine response

    Additional funding to support people fleeing Ukraine

  33. Call for immediate action to resettle Ukraine refugees

    First Minister urges Prime Minister to act with humanity and compassion.

  34. Critical aid for Ukraine

    Second donation of medical supplies.

  35. Medical supplies for Ukraine

    £2.9 million of urgently needed items

  36. First Minister: Waive visas for Ukrainians

    Scotland ready to welcome refugees.

  37. Humanitarian aid to Ukraine

    Scottish Government to provide financial aid and medical supplies to Ukraine following Russian invasion.

  38. Minister writes to Russian Ambassador

    Letter condemning Ukraine invasion.

  39. Deep concern over actions of Russia in Ukraine

    Statement from the First Minister.

  40. Supplies to help fight COVID-19 in Africa

    Vital aid worth £11.2 million for Rwanda, Zambia and Malawi.

  41. Scotland’s Vision for Trade

    Economic, social and climate ambitions at heart of approach.

  42. Joint bilateral review of the relationship between Scotland and Ireland - public engagement: analytical summary

    This is a report of the public engagement exercise conducted as part of the Ireland-Scotland joint bilateral review.

  43. Expanding dialogue with Arctic nations

    Arctic Connections online conferences launched.

  44. Cash boost for joint Scottish-Asian research

    New Fund to focus on economic, social recovery from COVID-19.

  45. Finance, Constitution Committee briefed on Single Market

    Proposal ‘bad for consumers and business, and disastrous for devolution’.

  46. Quarantine rule ends for travellers arriving from lower risk countries and territories

    Public health measure lifted for some overseas travellers arriving in Scotland.

  47. Minister meets Erasmus+ exchange students in Aberdeen

    Efforts to be stepped up to protect further and higher education after Brexit.

  48. Scotland's commitment to the EU

    New document reveals continued partnership.

  49. Plan for Scottish Visa

    Paper highlights acute need for powers over immigration policy.

  50. Questionnaire on Scottish-Irish relations

    Views sought on countries’ future relationship.

  51. Scotland and Norway “natural partners”

    First Minister addresses Norwegian business leaders

  52. Scotch Beef back on the menu

    Canadian restaurant first to sell Scotch Beef since 1996. 

  53. First Minister leads Scottish delegation to British-Irish Council

    Tackling substance misuse on the agenda.

  54. Scottish-Irish joint review

    Work to look at collaboration in key policy areas.

  55. Sending computers to Africa

    Education initiatives benefit from used Scottish Government equipment.

  56. Scotland's place in Europe: assessment of the revised EU withdrawal agreement and political declaration

    Our assessment of the UK Government's proposed future relationship with the European Union, as outlined in the revised Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration.

  57. Promoting Scotland-US relations

    Trade Minister visits US.

  58. Japanese firm sets sights on Scotland

    Plans for Glasgow base.

  59. Arctic connections: Scotland's arctic policy framework

    External Affairs Secretary Fiona Hyslop launches the Arctic Policy Framework in Orkney.

  60. International Development report

    Support for partnerships in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.

  61. Arctic Connections

    A European gateway to the Arctic.

  62. Arctic Connections: Scotland's Arctic policy framework

    A prospectus for cooperation, knowledge-exchange and policy partnerships between Scotland and the Arctic.

  63. Building ties with Germany

    First Minister visits Berlin.

  64. Building a fairer immigration system

    Tailored approach needed for Scotland.

  65. Promoting Scotland-China relations

    Trade and Investment Minister to visit China.

  66. International Creative Ambition Programme

    Funding announced to support worldwide cultural partnerships.

  67. Strengthening links between Scotland and Ireland

    First Minister meets Taoiseach in Dublin.

  68. Meeting with Icelandic PM

    Leaders hold talks on shared interests.

  69. Scots living abroad face uncertainty over their return

    UK Government immigration proposals threaten family reunification.

  70. Strengthening ties with France

    Trade links highlighted during Paris visit.  

  71. Promoting Scottish business abroad

    Engagement with corporate leaders in North America.

  72. Celebrating cultural links with Canada

    £80,000 to support creative collaboration.

  73. Showcasing food and drink

    First Minister promotes Scotland’s natural larder in Canada.

  74. Strengthening ties with Canada

    Scottish office in Ottawa opens.

  75. Promoting Scotland in North America

    First Minister to visit USA and Canada.

  76. Anholt-GfK Roper Nation Brands IndexSM: 2018 report for Scotland

    2018 findings of the Anholt-GfK Roper Nation Brands IndexSM (NBI) on Scotland’s international reputation.

  77. Scotland's place in Europe: assessment of UK Government's proposed future relationship with the EU

    Our assessment of the UK Government's proposed future relationship with the EU.

  78. Brexit cost

    Risk to public finances.

  79. Scotland's place in Europe: our way forward

    This paper sets out our position following the result of the EU Referendum.

  80. Mapping and condition surveys of water points in Malawi

    Tackling global water issues.

  81. Brexit impact on food safety and standards

    Concerns on EU withdrawal plans.

  82. Minister visit to Southern Africa

    International development and strengthening relationships.

  83. Contribution to international development report: 2017-2018

    First ever Contribution to International Development Report takes a holistic look at a wide cross-section of Scottish Government international development activity, and presents it within the context of the UN Global Goals.

  84. EU settlement scheme

    Letter to Home Secretary

  85. Brexit White Paper

    External Affairs Secretary: “UK plans fall short and harm economy."

  86. External Affairs Secretary visits Japan and Republic of Korea

    Fiona Hyslop's reflections on a five day visit to Japan and Korea to strengthen economic and cultural links.

  87. Recruiting international students

    Japan joins star programme.

  88. Scotland's International Framework: China engagement strategy

    Scotland's commitment to a strong, long-term, bilateral partnership with China.

  89. Strengthening European ties

    External Affairs Secretary to open Glasgow 2018 event in Brussels.

  90. Support for EU citizens after Brexit

    Call for child exemption from post-Brexit fees.

  91. Update on Brexit talks

    Minister pledges to continue to push for a solution. 

  92. External Affairs Secretary comments on latest UK migration statistics

    External Affairs Secretary Fiona Hyslop responds to latest UK migration statistics published by the Office for National Statistics.

  93. Dutch connections

    Hyslop: £2bn annual exports at risk due to Brexit.

  94. A tailored migration system for Scotland

    “Overwhelming case” for Scotland-specific system.

  95. First Minister comments on Brexit developments

    First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has set out the Scottish Government’s position on the agreement of a proposal to settle the first phase of the negotiations between the UK and the EU on the UK’s decision to leave the European Union.

  96. Scotland and India collaborate on social enterprise

    “World-leading” expertise to support social entrepreneurs in India.

  97. Deputy First Minister visits India

    Focus on education, skills and the economy.

  98. £3.6 million for climate change projects

    Improving sanitation, agriculture and water access in developing nations.   

  99. Scotland and the new north

    FM: Tackling climate change a ‘moral imperative’ – and an economic opportunity.

  100. All eyes north

    FM in Iceland to build ties with northern neighbours.

  101. Strengthening links with Ireland

    First Minister to visit Dublin.

  102. Northern neighbours

    Brexit highlights need for deeper Nordic and Baltic cooperation.

  103. Nordic Baltic policy statement

    Statement aiming to strengthen relationships with countries in the Nordic and Baltic regions by promoting policy exchange and collaboration.

  104. Helping Africa's poor

    International development funding for aid agencies.

  105. Burma refugee aid

    Scottish Government pledges £120,000 for emergency response.

  106. Burma refugee crisis

    Scotland 'stands ready to help'.

  107. Brexit planning process 'unacceptable'

    Minister raises concerns over lack of engagement by UK Government.

  108. Amendments to UK Brexit Bill will be proposed

    First Ministers of Wales and Scotland agree actions to counter serious risks to devolution.

  109. Scotland's International Framework: Canada engagement strategy

    This document outlines our strategic objectives for engagement with Canada.

  110. Scotland's International Framework: US engagement strategy

    This document outlines our strategic objectives for engagement with the US.

  111. Scotland's International Framework: Pakistan engagement strategy

    Outlines key areas of engagement between Pakistan and Scotland.

  112. Scotland's International Framework: India engagement strategy

    Outlines key areas of engagement between India and Scotland.

  113. Working with China: five-year engagement strategy

    High-level strategy setting out the Scottish Government’s ambitions in developing Scotland’s relationship with China over the next five years.

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