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Statement by Ambassador Christoph Heusgen following Vote on the Draft Resolution on Women, Peace and Security on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Resolution 1325, October 30, 2020

31.10.2020 - Speech

For three weeks, Germany and the majority of Council Members have engaged constructively with Russia as facilitator of this draft resolution, despite our believe that the WPS Agenda is based on a strong normative framework and does not need more resolutions at this point. A short commemorative text would have been the better option. What we need is action and implementation of the full WPS agenda, not more words.

We have repeatedly called for the draft resolution on WPS to include strong language on the human rights foundation of the WPS agenda  – as all previous resolutions have. We have also called for the adequate reflection of the critical role of civil society, women peacebuilders and human rights defenders in implementing the WPS agenda on the ground – as previous resolutions have. And we have called for a balance in the reflection of the whole WPS Agenda and an inclusion of the most recently agreed standards on the full, equal and meaningful participation of women, on combatting sexual violence and the rights of survivors, on accountability, on women‘s critical role in conflict prevention and peacebuilding. Unfortunately, our calls were not heeded despite our efforts and those of a majority of Council Members.

We were very disappointed that the facilitator did not engage in a transparent manner despite many hours of consultations and bilateral discussions.

Had this resolution been adopted, it would have eroded the hard-won gains of the WPS agenda and watered down previous achievements on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of SCR 1325. This is why Germany along with 9 other Council members was forced to abstain on this draft resolution.

There is no monopoly on women’s human rights or WPS. This agenda belongs to all women, everywhere. It is our job to make it possible for the all these women to finally take their rightful place. As Danai Gurira said in yesterday’s Open Debate: “Male-dominated rooms in the 21st century should be embarrassing to us all.”

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