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UK and DRC mark anniversary of Security Council Resolution 1325
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Ambassador Corner welcomes the difference that 1325 has made to the lives of women in conflict in a ceremony with the DRC Government and UN
On 31 October 2013, Ambassador Diane Corner participated in a ceremony marking the thirteenth anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325. The DRC Ministers of Gender, Planning, and Justice were present.
The aim of the ceremony was to evaluate and seek support for the DRC’s National Action Plan for the implementation of Resolution 1325.
In her address, Ambassador Corner said:
Thank you for inviting me here today. As you know, the UK was a driving force behind the adoption of Security Council resolution 1325 in October 2000, and I am pleased to be here learning about the difference it has made to the lives of women caught up in conflict.
The UK is supporting the implementation of 1325 today in DRC in a number of ways. First and foremost, we are supporting Congolese, regional and international efforts to bring an end to the conflict that has plagued DRC for too long. Through our Presidency of the G8 this year and my Foreign Secretary’s Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative, we are seeking to highlight and end the scourge of sexual violence. On the development side, for example, we have also invested $35 million in Vas-y-Fille, a programme which aims to reach 137,360 marginalised girls in the DRC. Our Security Sector Accountability and Police Reform (SSAPR) programme is nearly $100m of investment that includes a specific focus on sexual and gender-based violence. It aims to support the government, police and civil society to develop practical approaches towards improving prevention, reporting, investigation and victim support. We are also working to ensure that the revision of the International Stabilization and Security Strategy, together with STAREC, contributes positively to gender equality. Our humanitarian programme, which amounts to $94 million dollars this year, includes significant assistance to victims of sexual and gender based violence as well as efforts to make displacement sites safer for women and girls. I’d like to congratulate the government on the launch of the Comités de Pilotage, and reiterate our continued support for the implementation of 1325, and the new UN Resolution 2122 on Women, Peace, and Security.