U.S. Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights Sarah Sewall will travel to London, U.K., from June 11 to 13 to represent the United States at the London Ministerial Summit on Boko Haram, as well as attend the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict.
The London Ministerial Summit on Boko Haram is a continuation of the May 17 Nigeria Security Summit in Paris. Peace and security in Nigeria is one of our highest foreign policy priorities in Africa, and this summit will underscore the need for a comprehensive, regional approach to countering terrorism, while emphasizing civilian security, respect for human rights, and efforts to address the underlying causes of the conflict.
Assistant Secretary Linda Thomas-Greenfield from the Bureau of African Affairs will accompany Under Secretary Sewall.
At the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, Under Secretary Sewall will speak at a session within the opening ministerial plenary, which will focus on the roles and responsibilities of states and political actors in addressing sexual violence in conflict and post conflict. The United States has been a key supporter of this effort and believes that addressing sexual violence in conflict is a matter of national security.
The delegation from the United States will be led by Secretary of State John Kerry, and will also include senior officials from the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), including Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Catherine Russell; Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues Stephen Rapp; Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region and the Democratic Republic of the Congo Russ Feingold; and principals from the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration; the Bureau of International Organization Affairs; the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor; and USAID’s Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance.