UN: UN Security Council renews commitment to resolution on women, peace, security

New York, US (PANA) - Marking the 15th anniversary the adoption of the UN Security Council’s resolution 1325, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday declared his commitment to the inclusion of women in peace-building processes.

Also, the Council adopted a new resolution by which it decided to integrate women, peace and security concerns across all country-specific situations on its agenda, within relevant contexts.

Ban, in his opening remarks at the Council meeting, said: "Fifteen years ago, Security Council resolution 1325 underscored the pivotal link between gender and international peace and security."

"Since then, this Council has adopted several resolutions on women, peace and security, each of them a call to action for the international community," he said.

Citing his own commitment to implementing resolution 1325, the UN chief noted that he had appointed five women who were now serving as UN Special Representatives in peacekeeping missions, adding that he had also appointed the first-ever female Force Commander, Maj.-Gen. Kristin Lund, in Cyprus.

He also urged that, "the implementation of resolution 1325 must be aligned with the vision of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)."

Ban also highlighted the three major reviews of UN peace operations, peacebuilding
architecture and women, peace and security that had recently been conducted.

"One common theme has emerged: any reforms must include gender equality and women’s leadership as central ingredients, and must be strongly grounded in human rights," he said.

He added that particular attention should be given to women who are the most vulnerable, particularly indigenous women.

"We must also do much more to combat the growing spread of violent extremism, and groups such as Da’esh (also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, and ISIL) and Boko Haram have mercilessly targeted women and girls," the UN chief said.

He noted the systematic killings, torture, rape and sexual slavery by Da’esh against the Yazidi community may amount to war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide, saying: "we must ensure accountability."

The secretary-general also spoke of the restructuring of the gender architecture of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) in headquarters and field missions, as well as the work of the Department of Political Affairs (DPA) to bolster the capacity of its gender team at the UN headquarters and to keep the engagement and participation of women in peacemaking.

He said that the UN Department of Field Support (DFS) was working to implement strengthened measures to address sexual exploitation and abuse, and to increase the representation of women in peacekeeping, especially at the senior management level.

He also indicated his personal commitment to reach the target of 15 per cent of peacebuilding funds devoted to projects that address gender equality and the empowerment of women, and the expansion of this target in emerging areas of peace and security threats, particularly with regard to violent extremism.

Also addressing the meeting, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said: "The voices of women leaders and frontline activists for peace are rare in this forum, but they are the most important voices you will hear today."

She said that vibrant women’s movements work tirelessly to realize justice and reconciliation.

Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka highlighted the relevance of resolution of 1325, as well as "the very missed opportunities where it has not been put into effect, with dire cost."

She went on to note the successes obtained in peace processes in Colombia and the Philippines because of the contributions of women in those processes.

The UN official also cited the "growing body of evidence" showing that, to build peace, the "meaningful inclusion of women is needed", saying: "This is the highest finding of the global study that informs this high-level review."

Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka noted the importance of sustainable peace agreements and enhancing economic recovery after conflicts, as well as combating violent extremism.

The global study, launched at the UN Headquarters, highlighted the need for more women in mediation support teams, as well as more regular consultation with civil society leaders, and more robust actions to combat sexual violence.

Meanwhile, in the new resolution adopted by the UN Security Council, it recognized the ongoing need for greater integration of resolution 1325 in its own work.

It also expressed its intention to dedicate periodic Council consultations on country situations, as necessary, to the topic of women, peace and security implementation, as well as the intention to ensure Security Council missions take into account gender considerations and the rights of women.
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