• Work Begins to Rebuild Malawi

    19th May 2015 by

    Earlier this year, the lives of many Malawians were destroyed by terrible flooding that hit the country. More than 1.1 million people were affected by the disaster and more than 63,000 hectares were submerged by floodwaters. Nearly a quarter of a million people were forced to seek temporary shelter in schools, churches and temporary sites....

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  • Humza Yousaf: Funding for Nepal Earthquake Victims

    28th April 2015 by

    This weekend a tragedy occurred in Nepal. Following a massive earthquake which hit Nepal this weekend at least 3,351 people have died with more than 6,800 injured (as of 9am 27 April). Natural disasters are the cause of so much heart-break and tragedy, but through all of the sorrow, loss, fear and uncertainty, we are...

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  • Fiona Hyslop: Valuing Scotland’s Historical Environment

    20th April 2015 by

    Scotland’s historic environment is globally recognised for its quality and diversity. From the cotton mills of New Lanark, to the isle of Iona, and battlefield of Bannockburn, there are stories to tell and places to explore. Our heritage assets are important, not just for the benefits they bring to the economy and the positive impact...

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  • Fiona Hyslop: Celebrating World Heritage Day

    18th April 2015 by

    Today (Saturday April 18) is World Heritage Day. People all over the globe are encouraged to take a moment to appreciate the world’s many cultural and natural places of great significance that connect us to our past and contribute to the present and our future. There are just over a thousand sites on the United...

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  • Providing Light to the Camps of Malawi

    5th April 2015 by

    Malawi is struggling to rebuild after devastating floods hit the country. The latest figures from UNICEF, show that more than 300,000 people have been displaced by flooding in Malawi. Floods triggered by weeks of heavy rain affected more than 1 million people, killed 276 and injured more than 600. To help those affected by the...

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  • Humza Yousaf: Scotland’s Action Plan for EU Engagement

    30th March 2015 by

    Humza Yousaf in the mash tuns of Glasgow's West Brerery

    On Friday, I had the pleasure of visiting the award-winning WEST Brewery in Glasgow to not only announce the publication of Scotland’s Action Plan for EU Engagement, but also to announce £140,000 in Regional Selective Assistance (RSA) for WEST Brewery – funding which will create and protect jobs. This newly refreshed Action Plan is both...

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  • Fiona Hyslop: Scotland’s International Framework

    25th March 2015 by

    Since the first publication of the International Framework in 2008, this Government has demonstrated its commitment to strengthening Scotland’s social, cultural and economic links across the world. The past year in particular, with the Commonwealth Games, Ryder Cup and our independence referendum, attracted significant levels of international interest and visitors from all corners of the...

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  • Guest blog: Honorary Consul of Latvia to Scotland John McGregor

    24th March 2015 by

    Latvia currently holds the Presidency of the Council of the EU, and as part of our work to engage with partners across Europe, we have launched a programme of presentations to EU and other countries describing what our Presidency hopes to achieve.  As part of this outreach, the Latvian Ambassador to the UK, His Excellency,...

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  • Humza Yousaf: Protecting Scotland’s Place in Europe

    18th March 2015 by

    Across Scotland, there is widespread recognition of the importance of our EU membership. Yesterday, I was pleased to see these benefits recognised by my colleagues in the Scottish Parliament. Focussing on protecting Scotland’s EU membership, I led a debate on ‘Scotland’s Place in Europe’. It was a crucial opportunity for me to warn of the...

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  • Humza Yousaf: Strengthening Scotland’s Connections with the Commonwealth

    12th March 2015 by

    This week events are taking place across Scotland to celebrate Commonwealth Week and the legacy of the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Through hosting the best games ever last year, Scotland strengthened its connections with the Commonwealth and enhanced Scotland’s reputation as a vibrant, welcoming and culturally-rich nation. On Monday I attended at the Commonwealth Day Observance...

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