Policy paper

A Declaration of Commitment to End Sexual Violence in Conflict

This publication was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Over two thirds of all members of the United Nations have endorsed the Declaration of Commitment to End Sexual Violence in Conflict.



The Declaration contains a set of practical and political commitments to end the use of rape and sexual violence as a weapon of war, which terrorises and destroys communities during conflict. The Declaration sends an important message to the victims of these crimes that the international community has not forgotten them, and to the perpetrators of rape that they will be held to account.

The Declaration was launched in New York on 24 September 2013 during the United Nations General Assembly, by Foreign Secretary William Hague and UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zainab Bangura.

The UK will host a summit on 10 - 13 June 2014 to bring the international community together to agree actions to end the use of rape as a weapon of war and the culture of impunity for those who commit these crimes.

You can read more about the UK’s work on preventing sexual violence in conflict on Tumblr.