The Foreign Secretary, William Hague, launches a series of 8 podcasts in which he, and senior British ambassadors from key countries involved in the First World War, set the scene for what was unfolding in Europe and describe what it would have been like for their predecessors during that period.
Sexual violence in conflict is overwhelmingly perpetrated by men. A root cause of this is gender inequality and false perceptions of masculinity. Men are part of the solution. Add your voice to help achieve a world free of discrimination and violence.
On 3 June 2014 the UK Mission to the UN, UN Women, and the Office of the SRSG on Sexual Violence in Conflict team up to launch a digital project that will further the global conversation on the importance of gender equality in ending sexual violence in conflict.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UN Women’s Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and SRSG Zainab Bangura will join UK Ambassador Sir Mark Lyall Grant at the Delegates Lounge at UNHQ to launch a special video booth where members of the UN community will be invited to record 15-second video messages sharing their views on this important issue.
You can join the conversation too!
Pick one of the three questions below to answer in your video:
- In your view, what is a positive image of masculinity?
- What does gender equality mean to you?
- How can women and men work together in ending sexual violence in conflict?
Want to help design tools or apps to help combat sexual violence in conflict? You can join developers, experts and activists at the #EndSVCHack at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict & use your skills to help create new solutions to support practical action. You can register to take part here ›
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The Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict on 10-13 June 2014 at ExCeL London will be the largest gathering ever brought together on this subject. Foreign Secretary William Hague will co-chair the summit with Angelina Jolie, Special Envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.
All the governments that have endorsed the UN Declaration of Commitment to End Sexual Violence in Conflict will be invited, as will legal, military and judicial practitioners and representatives from multilateral organisations, NGOs and civil society.
The Summit aims to create irreversible momentum against sexual violence in conflict and deliver practical action that impacts those on the ground. Read more about the aims of the Summit ›
The UK government is gravely concerned about the situation in Crimea and in the east of Ukraine, where armed groups seized government buildings in Donetsk, Kharkiv and Lugansk. There can be no justification for this action, which bears all the hallmarks of a Russian strategy to destabilise Ukraine. Russia should be clear that a deliberate and further escalation of the crisis will bring serious political and economic consequences. I commend the Ukrainian Government for their clear and determined response so far.
The European Council has asked the Commission to draw up far reaching sanctions in the event of further escalation by Russia. It is alarming that President Putin has already sought authority to send armed forces into any part of Ukraine. Russia should be clear that the UK will consider any armed Russian presence in eastern Ukraine as a further and deliberate escalation.
We will be assessing events in eastern Ukraine carefully over the coming days. The strength and unity of the EU is vital for upholding a rules-based international system, and the Prime Minister and I have stressed to European partners the need to accelerate measures that will reduce European dependence on Russian gas. We are also convening an urgent meeting of G7 energy Ministers to discuss energy security ahead of the G7 Summit in June.
Foreign Secretary William Hague speaking after answering questions on Ukraine in the House of Commons.
A Turkish Scholar’s Journey Exploring Non-Proliferation in the Middle East
By Nilsu Goren, PhD candidate at the University of Maryland, School of Public Policy, and a graduate fellow at the Center for International Security Studies at Maryland.
My journey in the arms control and nonproliferation world started with my attempts to demystify the hype about weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and whether Saddam Hussein had them. Trying to learn about the technical and political dimensions of these weapons, I got entangled in the implications of arms control and verification in the Middle East. I sought guidance in James Martin Center for Non-Proliferation Studies (CNS) publications in my studies. My interest in the subject brought me to Washington DC, where I had the chance to work at the CNS office as a visiting scholar on several projects, focusing on WMD illicit trafficking networks.
In November 2011, I was selected by Dr Chen Kane to become a member the Middle East Next Generation of Arms Control Specialists Network, established by CNS. Since then, I have also participated in several meetings of the University of California, Los Angeles Regional Security and Technology Working Group as well the “Task Force on the Technical Dimensions of WMD-Free Zone in the Middle East,” (Task Force) Track II groups consisting of representatives from across the region, bringing together policy and science and technology expertise.
These meetings have provided me with the opportunity to expand my professional network, identify experts in the region and establish a long-term dialogue, develop project ideas, publish articles, present findings and receive feedback on my research. I have also benefited from the Next Generation Workshops, where we have met with our peers to work on simulations and verification exercises, inspiring us to develop further academic research as well as practical projects to promote nonproliferation in the region.