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Strategic Defence and Security Review

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL909, tabled on 29 June 2015

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to include training on protection of civilians and how to respond to survivors of sexual violence in the next Strategic Defence and Security Review; and whether they plan to consult on this matter.

Answered on

13 July 2015

The British Government is committed to the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (WPS), including responses to conflict related sexual violence. This commitment was demonstrated by the launch in December 2014 of the UK Implementation Plan to accompany our National Action Plan (NAP) on WPS and my appointment in June by the Prime Minister, my right hon. Friend the Member for Witney (Mr Cameron), as his Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict. The UK is also a strong advocate internationally for the protection of civilians in conflict, including ensuring that protection of civilians is integrated across both humanitarian and development work. All these agendas span multiple strands of the Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR). The Cabinet Office is leading the consultation process for the SDSR, and will look to engage with our key allies, industry, academics, and a range of other interested parties.