Deputy Secretary Sullivan Delivers A Keynote Address At The United States Institute Of Peace

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan will deliver a keynote address on humanitarian assistance at the United States Institute for Peace at 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, March 22, 2018.

The event is open to the press. All interested press must RSVP to Paul Johnson, the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), at 202-429-7174 or via e-mail at by Wednesday, March 21 at 5:00 p.m.

Due to the limited space for media at the event, USIP reserves the right to limit the number of representatives of each media outlet attending the event.

The event will be streamed live on USIP’s website. The event will be streamed live on,, and BNET. Follow @StateDept for more information.

For further information from the Department of State, please contact the Office of Press Relations at (202) 647-2492 or contact

Deputy Secretary Sullivan To Host The 2018 Annual International Women Of Courage Awards Ceremony, With Remarks By First Lady Melania Trump

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

This Notice to the Press was edited on March 20, 2018 to update the timing of this event.

Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan will present the 2018 Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage (IWOC) Award, with remarks to be provided by First Lady Melania Trump, in honor of 10 extraordinary women during an official ceremony at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, March 23, at the U.S. Department of State.

First established in March 2007, this annual award honors women around the world who have demonstrated exceptional courage, strength, and leadership in acting to bring positive change to their societies, often at great personal risk and sacrifice. To date, under the IWOC program, the U.S. Department of State has recognized over 120 women from more than 65 countries who have worked to advocate for and promote human rights, the advancement of the status of women, peace, and government transparency around the world.

The ceremony will be open to the press and streamed live on Follow @StateDept during the event for updates and live tweets.

For the ceremony, pre-set time for cameras is 9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. from the 23rd Street entrance. Final access time for writers and stills is 1:30 p.m. from the 23rd Street entrance.

Media representatives may attend the ceremony upon presentation of one of the following: (1) A U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification card (driver’s license, passport).

For further information on this event, please contact the Office of Press Relations at and 202-647-2492 or

Human Rights Council 37: Democratic Republic Of The Congo

This UK Statement was delivered at the 37th Session of the Human Rights Council during the Interactive Dialogue on the Democratic Republic of the Congo, held 20 March 2018

The Human Rights Council takes place at the Palais des Nations in Geneva

The Human Rights Council takes place at the Palais des Nations in Geneva

The United Kingdom expresses its deep concern at the human rights situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Current trends are deeply worrying and point to the erosion of human rights in a country whose people have suffered for too long. Of particular concern is the analysis by the United Nations Joint Human Rights Office in the DRC that 60% of the 744 recorded Human Rights violations in January of this year were committed by State agents. Mr President, this shows that the Government of the DRC needs to do far more to ensure that the police, security services and in particular the armed forces operate according to the highest international standards.

The DRC has now taken up its place on this Council. It is incumbent on all Council members to set the very highest standards of human rights as an example to other nations. We call upon the government of the DRC to ensure that it lives up to its responsibilities as a member of this council.

Key to this is ensuring that elections scheduled to take place on 23 December this year are credible and constitutional. This will pave the way for the first peaceful, democratic transition of power in the independent history of the DRC. In this context we note with concern the continued shrinking of political space, including restrictions on the ability of those opposed to the government to protest peacefully and the failure to implement the St Sylvestre Accord of 31 December 2016 in full. It is imperative that the government fulfils its pledges to its people by implementing confidence building measures, including the release of political prisoners.

We would like to ask the High Commissioner for his views on what the DRC government is doing to ensure the opening up of political space to give the Congolese people faith in their electoral process and how can the international community support these efforts?

On The Occasion Of The Republic Of Namibia’s National Day

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

On behalf of President Trump and the American people, I extend my best wishes to the people of Namibia as you celebrate the anniversary of your independence on March 21.

Since independence, Namibia has stood out for its strong democratic traditions, its success in combatting HIV/AIDS, and its model wildlife conservation. The United States is proud to partner with you in these efforts.

The United States looks forward to building upon strong friendship to achieve our common goals and wish Namibia continued success in the coming year.

Education Secretary Praises Profession On World Social Work Day

Measures announced to raise the status of the social work profession to mark World Social Work Day

Damian Hinds

Damian Hinds

Education Secretary Damian Hinds today (20 March) marked World Social Work Day by setting out a series of measures to raise the status of the profession and praising social workers for the difference they make in supporting children and families in their care.

The Department for Education has announced two new appointments to work closely with the social work profession and share best practice across the social care system.

Lord Patel of Bradford, a former social worker, will chair the new dedicated social work regulator, Social Work England, which will set professional, education and training standards for social workers.

Former Children’s Minister Edward Timpson will chair the independent Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel to consider and share the learnings from the most serious child safeguarding cases.

Education Secretary Damian Hinds said:

The job social workers do couldn’t be more important and yet they are often the unsung heroes of our society.

World Social Work Day is about recognising the real difference they make to children and families who find themselves in some of the most difficult circumstances, providing life-changing care and support.

This Government wants to carry on raising the status of the social work profession which is why we are helping them improve their skills and develop their careers in the interests of the children who need them.

As chair of Social Work England, the new dedicated regulator, Lord Patel of Bradford will bring his experience as a former social worker to make sure the workforce’s views are put at the heart of its development.

The new regulator, jointly set up by the Department for Education and the Department of Health and Social Care, will also make sure all registered child, family and adult social workers have the correct qualifications and meet the standards required for the job and remain fit to practise.

Lord Patel of Bradford, chair of Social Work England, said:

I am honoured and excited to have been appointed as the chair of Social Work England. As a former social worker I am passionate about our profession and truly believe that social workers do and can help to transform lives for the better. However, I know that our profession currently faces unique pressures and challenges.

Supporting and sustaining good social workers requires a strong, confident and effective regulator, so I want Social Work England to not only lead the way in driving up standards, but also to work collaboratively with the profession to ensure that all standards are evidence-based, rooted in real experience and values, and are fit for the 21st Century.

The Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel, chaired by Edward Timpson, is responsible for overseeing reviews of serious child safeguarding cases which the panel believe include complex or nationally-important issues. It will make sure the findings are shared nationally to inform safeguarding policy and best practice.

Edward Timpson, chair of the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel, said:

Nothing is more important than keeping children safe. That’s why I’m delighted to chair the first ever legally-established national panel, working with its members and others to ensure that reviews of serious cases involving children lead to real, meaningful and enduring improvements to child safeguarding practice across the country.

Today the department also announced a number of measures setting out further improvements to children’s social care, including:

  • New standards for qualified child and family social workers to follow, set out in the Knowledge and Skills Statements, which clearly define what social workers should know and be able to do. This follows a consultation through a series of roundtable discussions around the country.
  • Confirming grants worth £3.5 million for the remaining eight of 21 sites taking part in phases one and two of the National Assessment and Accreditation System for children and family social workers. The scheme aims to establish career paths, helping to develop good managers and leaders of the future.
  • Setting up a board for the What Works Centre for Children’s Social Care, announced in December, and the testing of innovative approaches to the development, sharing and adoption of evidence with a small number of pioneer councils.
  • Encouraging local areas to apply for a role as ‘early adopters’ of the new, stronger safeguarding arrangements, which place equal responsibility for keeping children safe on councils, police and health workers.

Isabelle Trowler, Chief Social Worker for Children and Families, said:

Today, on World Social Work Day, we celebrate our vital public service contribution as we continue to build a stronger, more intelligent and responsive practice system across England. Announcements today that Lord Patel of Bradford and Edward Timpson will respectively lead Social Work England the national Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel is indicative of the continuous progress we are making. I am delighted they are joining us in this inspiring journey.

These new institutions, alongside the expansion of Partners in Practice, the launch of the What Works Centre and the introduction of post qualification accreditation all demonstrate that Government is investing in social work.

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