The theme of the UN Environment Assembly in December this year is ‘Beat Pollution’, and one of the issues to be discussed is how to prevent environmental exploitation in war and armed conflict. Marie Jacobsson, who is Ambassador at the Department for International Law, Human Rights and Treaty Law, is engaged in this issue.

The potential of 50% of the Congolese population – its women and girls – to contribute to peace, stability and development in DRC is still not being fully utilized. DRC can hardly afford not tapping this resource.