International relations

  1. Scottish Peace Programme: request for proposals.

    This is a request for proposals for a supplier to support the delivery of the Scottish Peace Programme, including establishment of a Scottish Peace Platform and the 1325 Women in Conflict Fellowships. The closing date for applications is 22 July 2024.

  2. Inspiring Connections: Scotland's International Culture Strategy - Gaelic Version

    ’S e amas na ro-innleachd taic a chur ri roinn cultair is chruthachail na h-Alba a bhith ceangailte aig ìre na cruinne gus an coilean i a h-amasan is comasan eadar-nàiseanta, is a bhith a’ cur ri math cultarail, sòisealta, eaconamach is àrainneachd na h-Alba tro a h-obair eadar-nàiseanta.

  3. First Minister’s concerns over UK decision to continue to arm Israel

    Latest exchange as British nationals among dead.

  4. First Minister calls for UK ban on license of arms exports to Israel

    Latest call to Prime Minister as humanitarian worker death toll surpasses 190.

  5. Celebrating Scotland’s ties with North America

    External Affairs Secretary to visit USA

  6. The Scottish Government Procurement Strategy April 2024 – March 2028

    The Scottish Government's procurement strategy describes how we plan to carry out our regulated procurements for the next four years.

  7. Inspiring Connections: Scotland's International Culture Strategy

    This strategy aims to support Scotland's culture and creative sector to be globally connected with the means and opportunities to achieve its international ambitions and potential, and contribute to Scotland’s cultural, social, economic and environmental wellbeing through its international work.

  8. International Culture Strategy: Partial Business Regulatory Impact Assessment (BRIA)

    A partial Business Regulatory Impact Assessment (BRIA) to support the development of an International Culture Strategy.

  9. International culture strategy: equality impact assessment

    Findings from an equality impact assessment of our international culture strategy.

  10. International offices: guide

    A guide to the work of our nine international offices who work to promote Scottish interests overseas and strengthen our relationships with countries and continents.

  11. UK Government must reverse decision to suspend aid

    External Affairs Secretary calls for Gaza aid barriers to be removed.

  12. Scotland’s place in the world

    International engagement in an independent Scotland.

  13. Building a New Scotland: An independent Scotland's Place in the World

    This paper sets out the Scottish Government's proposals for an independent Scotland's place in the world.

  14. Building a New Scotland - an independent Scotland's place in the world: easy read version

    This paper sets out the Scottish Government's proposals for an independent Scotland's place in the world.

  15. Taking a feminist approach to international relations: easy read

    Easy read is an accessible document format that simplifies complex words and phrases. It is a way for people to read words more simply and uses pictures to help people understand. It is mostly used by people with learning difficulties. It is often helpful to people who speak other languages too.

  16. Scotland's International Strategy

    This strategy sets out our approach to international engagement and delivery to the end of the current parliamentary term.

  17. International culture strategy: consultation analysis

    Analysis of responses to the public consultation for the international culture strategy.

  18. International culture strategy: consultation analysis - executive summary - easy read

    Analysis of responses to the public consultation for the international culture strategy.

  19. International network: annual report 2022-2023

    Annual report showcasing the achievements of the Scottish Government's international network of offices. Covering the reporting year 2022 to 2023, it uses case studies to demonstrate the positive impact our international activity has, and the benefits it brings to the people of Scotland.

  20. International network: monitoring and evaluation report 2022-2023

    The Scottish Government's international network monitoring and evaluation reports for the financial year from April 2022 to March 2023.

  21. Taking a feminist approach to international relations: position paper

    This position paper sets out the scope and guiding principles of our feminist approach to international relations.

  22. Scotland's Vision for Trade: annual report - June 2023

    Our second annual report on Scotland's Vision for Trade, outlining the range of specific actions that we have taken over the past year and our continued ambition to make trade-related decisions based on the principles of inclusive growth, wellbeing, sustainability, net zero and good governance.

  23. Feminist approach to foreign policy - stakeholder engagement workshops: evidence report

    Independent report summarising the views of international and domestic stakeholders on what a feminist approach to foreign policy may mean for Scottish Government international engagement.

  24. 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.

  25. Connecting Scotland’s worldwide diaspora

    New Framework to enhance engagement.

  26. 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.

  27. National Events Strategy Review: Easy Read version

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

  28. National events strategy review: consultation - Gaelic version

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

  29. 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.

  30. Building new links with the Arctic

    Arctic Frontiers Abroad conference takes place in Aberdeen.

  31. £1 million flood support for Pakistan

    Communities in worst flood-affected areas will receive funding.

  32. Call to re-join research funding programme

    UK Government urged to secure Horizon Europe opportunity.

  33. £500,000 for East Africa

    Funding to alleviate the food crisis.

  34. £500,000 emergency funding for Türkiye and Syria.

    Funding to support humanitarian aid efforts.

  35. Norway-UK negotiations conclude

    Increased monkfish quota important for Scotland’s fishers

  36. Second charter ship for Ukrainians

    Preparations under way as vessel arrives to host displaced people.

  37. Strengthening Scotland’s Nordic ties

    First Minister to visit Denmark.

  38. Super sponsor scheme paused

    Ensuring support can continue after large increase of new applications.

  39. Reference to the Supreme Court on independence referendum published

    Lord Advocate requested decision to establish Scottish Parliament powers.

  40. Further help for Ukraine

    £65 million of funding for military aid.

  41. Minister to visit Poland

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

  42. Renewed focus needed on climate emergency

    Energy security drive must align with climate goals

  43. Scotland's Global Affairs Framework

    The Global Affairs Framework sets out the values and principles underpinning the Scottish Government’s international work and the basis on which the Scottish Government will prioritise its international activity.

  44. Strengthening bonds with US and Canada

    Cabinet Secretary engagements in North America.

  45. Support for Ukrainians in Scotland

    Access to healthcare and social security benefits.

  46. Safeguarding Ukrainian arrivals

    Free vetting scheme for volunteer hosts.

  47. A Warm Scots Welcome

    Message from First Minister to Ukrainians arriving in Scotland.

  48. Scheme opens for displaced Ukrainians

    People encouraged to register to help.

  49. £15 million for Ukraine response

    Additional funding to support people fleeing Ukraine

  50. Call for immediate action to resettle Ukraine refugees

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

  51. Critical aid for Ukraine

    Second donation of medical supplies.

  52. Medical supplies for Ukraine

    £2.9 million of urgently needed items

  53. First Minister: Waive visas for Ukrainians

    Scotland ready to welcome refugees.

  54. Humanitarian aid to Ukraine

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

  55. Minister writes to Russian Ambassador

    Letter condemning Ukraine invasion.

  56. Deep concern over actions of Russia in Ukraine

    Statement from the First Minister.

  57. Supplies to help fight COVID-19 in Africa

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

  58. Scotland Welcome Pack for British Nationals (Overseas) from Hong Kong

    A guide for adults and dependants who have been granted leave on the new British National (Overseas) visa to access public services and make the most of the opportunities in Scotland.

  59. Scotland’s Vision for Trade

    Economic, social and climate ambitions at heart of approach.

  60. 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.

  61. Expanding dialogue with Arctic nations

    Arctic Connections online conferences launched.

  62. Cash boost for joint Scottish-Asian research

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

  63. Finance, Constitution Committee briefed on Single Market

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

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

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

  65. Minister meets Erasmus+ exchange students in Aberdeen

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

  66. Scotland's commitment to the EU

    New document reveals continued partnership.

  67. Plan for Scottish Visa

    Paper highlights acute need for powers over immigration policy.

  68. Questionnaire on Scottish-Irish relations

    Views sought on countries’ future relationship.

  69. Scotland and Norway “natural partners”

    First Minister addresses Norwegian business leaders

  70. Scotch Beef back on the menu

    Canadian restaurant first to sell Scotch Beef since 1996. 

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

    Tackling substance misuse on the agenda.

  72. Scottish-Irish joint review

    Work to look at collaboration in key policy areas.

  73. Sending computers to Africa

    Education initiatives benefit from used Scottish Government equipment.

  74. 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.

  75. Promoting Scotland-US relations

    Trade Minister visits US.

  76. Japanese firm sets sights on Scotland

    Plans for Glasgow base.

  77. Arctic connections: Scotland's arctic policy framework

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

  78. International Development report

    Support for partnerships in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.

  79. Arctic Connections

    A European gateway to the Arctic.

  80. Arctic Connections: Scotland's Arctic policy framework

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

  81. Building ties with Germany

    First Minister visits Berlin.

  82. Building a fairer immigration system

    Tailored approach needed for Scotland.

  83. Promoting Scotland-China relations

    Trade and Investment Minister to visit China.

  84. International Creative Ambition Programme

    Funding announced to support worldwide cultural partnerships.

  85. Strengthening links between Scotland and Ireland

    First Minister meets Taoiseach in Dublin.

  86. Meeting with Icelandic PM

    Leaders hold talks on shared interests.

  87. Scots living abroad face uncertainty over their return

    UK Government immigration proposals threaten family reunification.

  88. Strengthening ties with France

    Trade links highlighted during Paris visit.  

  89. Promoting Scottish business abroad

    Engagement with corporate leaders in North America.

  90. Celebrating cultural links with Canada

    £80,000 to support creative collaboration.

  91. Showcasing food and drink

    First Minister promotes Scotland’s natural larder in Canada.

  92. Strengthening ties with Canada

    Scottish office in Ottawa opens.

  93. Promoting Scotland in North America

    First Minister to visit USA and Canada.

  94. Brexit cost

    Risk to public finances.

  95. Mapping and condition surveys of water points in Malawi

    Tackling global water issues.

  96. Brexit impact on food safety and standards

    Concerns on EU withdrawal plans.

  97. Minister visit to Southern Africa

    International development and strengthening relationships.

  98. EU settlement scheme

    Letter to Home Secretary

  99. Brexit White Paper

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

  100. Recruiting international students

    Japan joins star programme.

  101. Scotland's International Framework: China engagement strategy

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

  102. Strengthening European ties

    External Affairs Secretary to open Glasgow 2018 event in Brussels.

  103. Support for EU citizens after Brexit

    Call for child exemption from post-Brexit fees.

  104. Update on Brexit talks

    Minister pledges to continue to push for a solution. 

  105. 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.

  106. Dutch connections

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

  107. A tailored migration system for Scotland

    “Overwhelming case” for Scotland-specific system.

  108. 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.

  109. Scotland and India collaborate on social enterprise

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

  110. Deputy First Minister visits India

    Focus on education, skills and the economy.

  111. £3.6 million for climate change projects

    Improving sanitation, agriculture and water access in developing nations.   

  112. Scotland and the new north

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

  113. All eyes north

    FM in Iceland to build ties with northern neighbours.

  114. Strengthening links with Ireland

    First Minister to visit Dublin.

  115. Northern neighbours

    Brexit highlights need for deeper Nordic and Baltic cooperation.

  116. Nordic Baltic policy statement

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

  117. Helping Africa's poor

    International development funding for aid agencies.

  118. Burma refugee aid

    Scottish Government pledges £120,000 for emergency response.

  119. Burma refugee crisis

    Scotland 'stands ready to help'.

  120. Brexit planning process 'unacceptable'

    Minister raises concerns over lack of engagement by UK Government.

  121. Amendments to UK Brexit Bill will be proposed

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

  122. Scotland's International Framework: Canada engagement strategy

    This document outlines our strategic objectives for engagement with Canada.

  123. Scotland's International Framework: US engagement strategy

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

  124. Scotland's International Framework: Pakistan engagement strategy

    Outlines key areas of engagement between Pakistan and Scotland.

  125. Scotland's International Framework: India engagement strategy

    Outlines key areas of engagement between India and Scotland.

  126. 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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