UN: UN Security Council stress relevance of women in conflict prevention

New York, US (PANA) - UN Security Council says despite commitments of the international community, inconsistent levels of political will, resourcing, accountability and gender expertise often hinder the full and meaningful inclusion of women in efforts to prevent conflict.

Adopting a Presidential Statement late on Wednesday at a formal meeting on women and peace, the Security Council welcomed the adoption of regional frameworks to implement resolution 1325 (2000) on "Women, Peace and Security"’ including the African Union’s Gender, Peace and Security Programme 2015-2020.

It also welcomed the efforts of UN member states in developing national action plans on the role of women in peace and security.

The Council also emphasized the importance of undertaking a comprehensive approach, and reaffirmed the substantial link between women’s meaningful involvement in efforts to prevent, resolve and rebuild from conflict and the effectiveness and long-term sustainability of those efforts.

It also reiterated its call to increase the equal participation, representation and full involvement of women in preventive diplomacy and all related decision-making processes.

It acknowledged the positive impact that the economic empowerment of women could have on their full participation in political decision-making and peace and security efforts, and called on UN member states to provide better occupational skills training and greater funding for entrepreneurship for African women.

It further encouraged member states to increase their funding on women, peace and security, particularly for conflict and post-conflict situations, and to provide further support to civil society.

PANA in New York recalled that at a recent UN Security Council meeting, Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, called for greater efforts to reach the goal of allocating at least 15 per cent of peace building resources to gender equality and women's empowerment.

She stated: "Women need to be resourced so that they can do more, and the commitment to allocate at least 15 per cent of peace building funds to gender equality and women's empowerment, must become a reality. This must be extended to all efforts aimed at preventing and countering violent extremism."

She also stressed that women's organizations must receive the political and financial support needed to engage in violence prevention, mediation and diplomacy, as investing in gender equality as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is the best recipe for structural, long-term prevention.
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16 june 2016 06:06:54




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