May 24, 2024

U.S. Delegation on Atrocity Prevention and Response Travels to Denmark and Germany

U.S. Delegation on Atrocity Prevention and Response Travels to Denmark and Germany

Assistant Secretary of State for Conflict and Stabilization Operations Anne A. Witkowsky will lead a delegation composed of Special Assistant to the President and National Security Council Senior Director for Development, Global Health, and Humanitarian Response Paula Tufro; Ambassador-at-Large for Global Criminal Justice Beth Van Schaack; Senior Official to the Secretary of State in the Office of Global Women’s Issues Katrina Fotovat; Deputy Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Christopher Le Mon; and Bureau of International Organization Affairs official Lauren Platukis, that will travel to Copenhagen, Denmark, May 14-16 to meet with allies and partners to discuss collaboration on atrocity prevention and response efforts.

The delegation will participate in the International Atrocity Prevention Working Group spring session while in Copenhagen.  Discussions will focus on global atrocity prevention efforts, including atrocity early warning, international partnership envisioned in the U.S. Strategy to Anticipate, Prevent, and Respond to Atrocities, and mechanisms to hold perpetrators accountable for their crimes.  Also in Copenhagen, Assistant Secretary Witkowsky will meet with Danish government counterparts regarding our deep and longstanding transatlantic commitment to European security and coordination.

Assistant Secretary Witkowsky will continue onward to Stuttgart, Germany, May 16-18 for meetings with U.S. European Command and U.S. Africa Command leaders.  Her discussions will highlight the importance of U.S. diplomatic and defense sector collaboration, including in the long-term implementation of the U.S. Strategy to Prevent Conflict and Promote Stability with partners in Africa.  She will also discuss areas of civilian-military collaboration in support of activities in Ukraine and elsewhere in Europe.

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