'We want to be the world leader in terms of making a real impact in this absolutely vital area.'
The words of Henry Bellingham MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, speaking for the government during the Westminster Hall debate on 21 June 2011.
Co-Chair of the APPGCI Simon Hughes MP led the 90-minute debate, only the second-ever in Parliament devoted to conflict prevention, and was praised by the minister: '
The key points and commitments made by the minister in response to the debate include:
The Stabilisation Unit will be refocused to give more
attention to upstream conflict prevention
conflict-affected and fragile states
HMG will seek to improve its early-warning and
HMG supports the suggestion to convene a ministerial
seminar on conflict prevention that involves a wide
range of stakeholders