On 10-13 June 2014 the former Foreign Secretary, Lord Hague of Richmond and Angelina Jolie, Special Envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, co-chaired the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict. This was the largest gathering ever brought together on the subject and was a milestone in bringing this issue to the world’s attention and encouraging others to act.
The Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict in June 2014 was attended by over 120 countries, 70 Foreign Ministers, over 100 NGOs, 900 experts from health, legal, military and academic fields, and many survivors. It was the largest meeting of its kind on the issue of sexual violence in conflict. Two years on from the launch of PSVI, the Global Summit was an opportunity to reflect on international progress and to galvanise further action by governments and other participants to deliver fundamental and long-lasting change on the ground.
The Global Summit departed from the standard format where states develop policy in private and without the direct involvement of experts and practitioners. Instead, events were designed to open up the debate, allow the widest participation possible and, in recognition of their critical contribution to decision making, give particular prominence to the voices of survivors. The Global Summit Fringe and other public events brought civil society and the public into the policy-making process. Thousands of members of the public attended the 175 Fringe events hosted by NGOs, civil society, international organisations and other governments. In addition, UK Embassies around the world hosted events over the 84 hours of the Global Summit to raise awareness, encourage other states to commit to action and contribute to a global debate.
The Summit agreed practical steps to tackle impunity for the use of rape as a weapon of war, and to begin to change global attitudes to these crimes.
Below you can read key speeches, documents and outcomes and view videos from the Global Summit including the aims and objectives of PSVI, opening and closing remarks from the hosts and UN Special Representative of the Secretary General Zainab Hawa Bangura.
VIDEO: Opening remarks by former Foreign Secretary William Hague and UN Special Envoy Angelina Jolie
VIDEO: William Hague launches International Protocol
VIDEO: UN Special Envoy Angelina Jolie at the launch of the International Protocol
VIDEO: Closing remarks by former US Secretary of State John Kerry
VIDEO: Timelapse: Building the biggest Summit of its kind
VIDEO: Global highlights
You can find out more about the Global Summit by visiting 2014 Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict
Published: 9 March 2017