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Statement by Ambassador Schulz on the occasion of the UN Security Council Open Arria Meeting on Women, Peace and Security and Mediation

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Mr. President,

Germany aligns itself with the statements delivered by the European Union and by Turkey on behalf of the Group of Friends of Women, Peace and Security.

I thank the United Kingdom and Italy for having initiated this timely and important debate.

Since the adoption of resolution 1325 in 2000, we have come a long way. It is recognized that women make substantial contributions to peacemaking and their participation in peace processes is growing. Nevertheless, we need to maintain our commitment and improve implementation of resolution 1325. Shortcomings in action still remain too widespread; in some parts of the world we even see backlashes.

Mr. President,

Germany fully supports Secretary-General Guterres’ ambition to treat Women, Peace and Security as high priority. The implementation of resolution 1325 remains a cross-cutting task for the entire UN system, not just the Security Council. Just one example: “Women, Peace and Security” and the Agenda 2030 for sustainable development are closely interlinked; their implementation goes hand in hand.

Germany is taking practical and specific steps to transform the Women, Peace and Security framework into action and to strengthen the active participation of women in conflict resolution and prevention.

In 2016, we contributed over four million USD to the UN Mediation Support Team, with a special emphasis on UN mediation efforts in SYR, LBY and YEM. We also increased our contributions to UN Women. In addition, we strive for the systematic participation of women mediators, women’s groups and gender experts in peace negotiations and mediation support. We also pay particular attention to gender parity in our own mediation trainings.

During the German OSCE-chairmanship, we hosted a meeting in Berlin on Women, Peace and Security in which participants discussed ways to accelerate the implementation of resolution 1325. Moreover, we recently revised our own National Action Plan in which we critically assessed Germany’s record in putting the “Women, Peace and Security”-agenda into action. And in April, under the umbrella of our G20 Chairmanship, Chancellor Merkel will host a dialogue with women leaders from around the world.

Finally, we are proud to be working with UN Women, the African Union and the AU Envoy on Women, Peace and Security, Bineta Diop, to explore ways to facilitate the exchange of experiences between African Women Leaders.

Mr. President,

Including women in peace negotiations is not optional, it is necessary to the long-term success of any peace agreements. Without women, sustaining peace is impossible. Strengthening women’s roles in conflict resolution remains a shared endeavor. Let us continue to do this work jointly. Thank you.

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