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This month the UN Human Rights Council will be discussing Sri Lanka, and will be voting on whether there should be an independent, international investigation into what happened on both sides during the war. The UK has co-tabled the resolution and we want the members of the UN Human Rights Council to support it. The vote will take place on 27 or 28 March.British Ministers were able to see the situation in Sri Lanka for themselves when they visited last November for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

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Minister for Civil Society Nick Hurd today presented charity the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC UK) with a cheque for more than £9,000 – the proceeds from a Christmas card recycling scheme run by Sainsbury’s.Collection points in Cabinet Office, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Department for International Development (DfID), contributed to the total of over 2 million Christmas cards recycled by the supermarket this year, reducing the amount of paper going to landfill.Sainsbury’s is donating proceeds to FSC UK to help protect the wo

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Foreign Office Minister Mark Simmonds said:I am pleased to hear that renewed operations by the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) have resulted in the capture of several towns in Western Somalia from Al Shabaab. As terrorism in Somalia is a direct threat to the UK and UK interests, we remain committed to providing support to AMISOM, both bilaterally and through organisations such as the UN and EU.AMISOM are to be commended on their continuing efforts to bring peace and stability to Somalia.

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Mark Boyle will take up his post from 1 April 2014 for a 4-year term.Pensions Minister Steve Webb said:I am pleased to announce that Mark Boyle will be the next chair of The Pensions Regulator. Mark is a proven leader who brings a wealth of private and public sector experience to the role and I look forward to working with him.I would like to thank Michael O’Higgins for the work he has done in this role over the last 3 years.

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Home Office ministers have been part of successful negotiations at the United Nations to move more than 50 countries towards a modern, balanced and evidence-based approach to tackling the use and supply of illegal drugs.Through a series of meetings at the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna, Norman Baker and Karen Bradley met their counterparts from countries including the United States, China, India and Colombia.Information sharingThey discussed the importance of information sharing between nations, law enforcement agencies working together to combat the drugs trade, more publicity abou

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The Minister said:I am deeply concerned to hear of the arrest and detention of two long-standing and well respected human rights defenders in Sri Lanka. Ruki Fernando and Father Praveen have a strong record of promoting peace, justice and reconciliation across the country.

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When I first became Minister, I was given some great advice. You can do your job – inundated in the daily tsunami of the work – churn through the piles of paperwork and leave being a good little minister – or you can ruthlessly prioritise and try to use the position of your office to do something transformative. I came into my office in the Department for International Development as Minister in 2012.

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Taking an agile project management approach means that there will be a number of smaller teams working in two week bursts of activity, known as sprints. These teams agree what demonstrable outputs they will deliver at the end of each sprint. Highlights of the initial sprints include:delivery of the online learning aims rates service (LARS) development of the 2014 to 2015 funding year learning aims and rates module for the funding information system (FIS)Rather than develop a new FIS each year, we will add a new funding year module to the existing system.

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Four businesses have been awarded over £4million to spur on innovation in lowering the costs of generating offshore wind energy, Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker announced today.The grants have been awarded to 2-B Energy, High Voltage Partial Discharge Ltd, SgurrControl Ltd and Ocean Resource Ltd as part of the Department of Energy and Climate Change’s innovation competition to support research and development into offshore wind power.The winning projects will use the funding to steam-line the design and installation of offshore wind turbines, which could lead to sign

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Her Majesty The Queen has agreed, on the recommendation of the Chancellor and Prime Minister, to appoint Anthony Habgood as the Chairman of Court from 1 July 2014Her Majesty The Queen has agreed, on the recommendation of the Chancellor and Prime Minister, to appoint Dr Ben Broadbent as Deputy Governor of the Bank of England with responsibility for Monetary Policy, commencing on 1 July 2014the Chancellor and Governor have agreed to appoint Dr Nemat Shafik as Deputy Governor of the Bank of England responsible for Markets and Banking, from 1 August 2014As the new Deputy Governor for Monetary Pol

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