Question to the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office:
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 29 June 2021 to Question 24364 on Armed Conflict and Violence: Children, when the new conflict centre as announced in the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy became operational; and what the (a) scale and (b) areas of work have been which that centre has undertaken since its establishment.
To deliver on the commitment in the Integrated Review to establish a conflict centre, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office has created a new conflict directorate. The initial phase of forming this directorate was completed by April 2021, integrating the Stabilisation Unit with conflict teams and work that previously sat within the Department for International Development and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The directorate leads on the UK's relationships with multilaterals in conflict prevention and peacebuilding; providing technical and financial support to strengthen the international system's response to conflict and promoting peace. It leads on gender and conflict policy, including: Women, Peace and Security and the cross Her Majesty's Government (HMG) National Action Plan (2018-2022) and Strategic Vision on Gender Equality; the Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative; and Children in Armed Conflict. It also provides specialist conflict expertise and support to HMG's work in specific geographic contexts, drawing on best practice, evidence and analysis. This includes working to harness expertise from across HMG and beyond to increase our capability and effectiveness in key areas of conflict prevention, management, and resolution, such as supporting mediation and peace processes.