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UK to host 2014 conference on ' Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict'

Jan 7, 2014, 10:24 AM

The British Embassy Banjul has invited Gambian Foreign Minister Abubacarr Senghore to attend a global summit in London on 11-13 June 2014 on ‘Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict’.

The Summit will be co-chaired by UK Foreign Secretary William Hague and UN Special Envoy for the UN Refugee Agency, Angelina Jolie.

The Gambia is one of 137 States who have so far endorsed the ‘Declaration of Commitment to End Sexual Violence in Conflict’ which the UK Foreign Secretary launched at the UN General Assembly earlier this year.

The conference will be the biggest summit ever held on this issue and will seek agreement to practical steps from countries to shatter the culture of impunity for war zone rape once and for all.  Building on the political commitment and global momentum that currently exists to end sexual violence in conflict, the summit will deliver practical and ambitious agreements that bring together conflict/ post-conflict affected countries, donors, the UN and other multilateral organisations and civil society.