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2020

  • 17 Sep 2020

    New York, 18 September 2020

    Around the world, despite decades of activism, and dozens of laws on equal pay, women still earn less than 80 cents for every dollar men do. For women with children, women of colour, women refugees and migrants, and women with disabilities, that figure is even lower.

    If you had told me this forty years ago, I would have been shocked. But according to the...

  • 17 Sep 2020

    A Japanese principle that finds beauty in broken things, should serve as guidance for today’s fractured world as we navigate out of the COVID-19 pandemic, Secretary-General António Guterres said on Thursday during the annual ceremony at UN Headquarters to mark the International Day of Peace on 21 September.

     

  • 17 Sep 2020

    To help prevent conflicts and at the same time protect the planet, “we all must tackle environmental degradation”, a top UN official told the Security Council on Thursday.

  • 17 Sep 2020

    Tripoli 17 September 2020 -  I commend the courageous decision by Mr. Fayez al-Serraj, the President of the Presidency Council of the Government of National Accord, in announcing his...

  • 17 Sep 2020

    @UN

    Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

    I wish to start by reiterating my personal attachment to Yemen, which dates back to my time as High Commissioner for Refugees and I will never forget the...

  • 17 Sep 2020

    UN-appointed investigators have issued fresh warnings about ongoing rights violations and impunity in Burundi, since the death of former President Pierre Nkurunziza, who ran for a third term in 2015, in a move deemed by opposition to be unconstitutional.

  • 16 Sep 2020
     

    Event hosted by the Government of Colombia: "Two Years of the Implementation of thePeace with Legality Policy: a Commitment with Actions"...

  • 16 Sep 2020

    Although the transitional government in South Sudan continues to function, with state governors now appointed, among other developments, progress on the 2018 peace agreement “limps along”, the top UN official in the country told a virtual meeting of the Security Council on Wednesday. 

  • 16 Sep 2020

    Remarks by Carlos Ruiz MassieuSpecial Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and Head of...

  • 16 Sep 2020

    Women, Peace, and Leadership Symposium. Implementing Transformative Action: Prioritizing the Women, Peace and Security Agenda in a Time of Pandemic. Remarks by Under-Secretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo

     

    Thank you Dr. Lupel

    I am very pleased to be joining you today.

    I would like to extend my thanks to Sweden – and Minister Linde in particular – as well as International Peace Institute for organizing this event.

    In the last few months, the disruptive force of Covid-19 has impacted all of us. It has caused unimaginable loss and suffering, challenged our assumptions on how we live and work, and overshadowed so many of our global priorities, including this year’s 20th anniversary year of Security Council resolution 1325 (2000).

    While the pandemic is primarily considered a health crisis, it has had significant impact on our socio-economic well-being and on peace and security.  Many of the economic costs of the pandemic are disproportionately affecting women, who are overrepresented in some of the sectors hardest hit by shutdowns and ensuing layoffs and cuts. And gender-based violence, particularly in the home, surged around the world as COVID-19 lockdowns became necessary.

    Social unrest erupted in some areas because of deteriorating economic conditions, and parties to conflict at times used the chaos and uncertainty created by the virus to press their advantage.  And during this difficult period, our ability to carry out conflict prevention and resolution initiatives has been limited by travel restrictions.

    More than ever, we need to make sure that women’s voices are heard in crafting the response to the pandemic and building a more peaceful world.

    I would like to highlight three key areas for priority action.

    First, the use of digital technology. As travel restrictions have slowed peace talks or moved them online, we have taken active steps to ensure women’s leadership continues in the virtual world.

    The Special Envoy for Syria and the Special Representative for Colombia are using digital platforms to consult regularly with women groups, advisory boards and mediator networks.

    In Yemen, the Special Envoy leveraged the power of digital technologies to conduct large-scale virtual consultations with over 500 Yemenis, including many Yemeni women’s networks.

    We see the enormous potential for digital tools to open closed spaces, increase the transparency of power-sharing, and facilitate the safe and diverse participation of women in peacemaking.  We have been able to engage more women than ever before in peacemaking activities.

    However, it remains the case that virtual spaces mirror the inequalities that exist in the offline world.  Women and girls in conflict-affected settings often lack equal access to technology, are deprioritized in using shared digital resources, and are subjected to online harassment and intimidation that can have real world consequences for their safety. Supporting access to technology and combatting on-line bullying must therefore be prioritized as fundamental to ensuring women’s participation in public and political life.

    Second, resourcing. Effectively implementing the women, peace and security agenda requires dedicated and predictable capacity and funding.

    My department has allocated 17 per cent of our extra-budgetary funds to projects supporting women, peace and security. We have also created a ‘gender marker’ to track the mainstreaming of gender issues in all our initiatives.

    And the UN Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) has over the last two years allocated 40 per cent of its total investments to gender-responsive peacebuilding.

    Allocating adequate, predictable and sustained financing must be a joint priority for us all to achieve the women, peace and security agenda.

    Finally, we must be more vocal and active in our support for women. In an environment of shrinking civic space and backlash against women’s rights, it is incumbent on the international community to – as the Secretary-General said in March – “pushback against the pushback”.

    We must harness the current interruption to the status quo to build more inclusive prevention, peacemaking and governance structures.  We need to build back better.

    Thank you.

  • 16 Sep 2020

    The continuing COVID-19 pandemic continues to top a long list of global concerns, the UN chief told journalists on Wednesday, noting that “the grimmest of milestones” is upon us. 

  • 16 Sep 2020

    The Secretary-General

    Remarks on Opening of the First Plenary Meeting of...

  • 16 Sep 2020

    Event hosted by the Government of Colombia: "Two Years of the Implementation of the Peace with Legality Policy: a Commitment with Actions", Remarks by Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo


    Good morning, and warm wishes from New York.  Thank you, President Duque, for the invitation to take part in this timely event, which   we   hope can help to advance the important work of consolidating peace in Colombia. 

    I also extend my warm regards to the distinguished participants here today. Our collective presence is a reminder of the deep well of support that Colombians can rely upon in the international community as they press forward with this critical agenda.  

    Mr. President, we meet two years into your administration and nearly four years since the signing and entry into force of the Final Peace Agreement between the Government of Colombia and the former FARC-EP.

    The Agreement was a watershed moment that opened an opportunity for the country to build a future free of the violence that marked its past.  It binds Colombians to an ambitious agenda for sustainable peace.

    We are working closely with your Government and the former FARC-EP as well as with civil society and the institutions established as expressions of the peace process. For everyone the responsibilities are far reaching.  They demand the courage to prevent differences – no matter how deep they are –from standing in the way of lasting peace.  And I commend Colombians on the progress achieved this far.  Colombia’s success can be a source of hope and inspiration beyond its borders, especially in those corners of the world that continue to be ravaged by violent conflict.

    The United Nations has proudly stood by Colombians since the beginning of the peace process. We recognize its many achievements – which have continued under your administration - and appreciate the faith placed by the Government and Colombians across the spectrum in the United Nations Verification Mission and the work of the broader UN system.

    We were first-hand witnesses as the former FARC-EP laid down its weapons and turned a page on more than five decades of armed struggle.  We have seen with great encouragement how former combatants take steps – with the Government’s support – towards their social, economic and political reintegration.  They are now part of the democratic political life of Colombia.  And we acknowledge how the Government has worked hard to include former combatants in Colombia’s future.

    In other areas of the Agreement we see the opportunity to support Colombia in addressing issues such as rural reform, political participation, transitional justice, and the problem of illicit drugs.  We are inspired every day by the unrelenting work of social leaders, women’s organizations, indigenous and Afro-Colombian and youth representatives in support of peace and reconciliation in Colombia. They are  a testament to the resilience and creativity – on the part of the Government, the former combatants, civil society and others - that have been required to secure these tangible gains of peace.

    Still, we are reminded of the difficult path ahead.

    We remain deeply concerned about the insecurity affecting the lives of too many Colombians in conflict-affected areas of the country, notwithstanding the overall reduction in violence brought about by the peace process.   We condemn the violence by illegal armed groups that has continued unabated even amid a global health crisis. The killings and threats against social leaders, former combatants, women and young people are a threat to peace.  We acknowledge the efforts by Colombian authorities, communities and local leaders to address this serious challenge. We all recognize more needs to be done.

    In keeping with the Secretary-General's call for a global ceasefire, we appeal again to armed groups to stop the violence in order to give respite to suffering populations and to facilitate efforts to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Let me stress that Colombia is not alone in facing the difficult task of coming to terms with the past. The Peace Agreement charts out an innovative path based on transitional justice.  Its key promise is to place the rights of victims at the forefront. 

    For it to be able to fulfill this promise, full respect and support for the bodies that form the Comprehensive System of Truth, Justice, Reparation, and Non-Repetition will be critical.  Equally important is the full commitment of the actors who took part in the conflict to truth and the acknowledgment of responsibility.

    Let me also highlight the pathbreaking extent to which Colombia’s peace process reflects the critical role of women in peacebuilding. This is timely, as we approach next month the twentieth anniversary of landmark Security Council resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security.  I salute the work of women in government, state institutions and civil society who are playing leadership roles in their communities, and I urge all efforts to ensure the full realization of the gender provisions of the Agreement.

    Let me conclude by thanking you, President Duque, again for this opportunity to be with you today as well as for your commitment and that of the officials of your government.  We look forward to continuing our close cooperation and partnership.  We realize that definitively ending the cycles of violence in Colombia and building lasting peace can only be achieved with efforts over time. 

    However, this future will be built upon the foundations set now. 

    As you continue to implement the Peace Agreement, you can rest assured of the continued support of the United Nations. 

    Thank you 

  • 16 Sep 2020

    TRIPOLI, 16 September 2020 – A group of Libyan healthcare professionals from across the country met in Tripoli, Benghazi and Sebha to participate via a video teleconference in the first...

  • 15 Sep 2020

    The spectre of famine has returned to Yemen as donor countries fail to make good on their 2020 pledges, amidst an upsurge in fighting, fresh hurdles for aid deliveries, and ongoing efforts to nail down a nationwide ceasefire, the Security Council heard on Tuesday.

  • 15 Sep 2020

    New York, 16 September 2020

    There are few global agreements as successful as the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer...

  • 15 Sep 2020

    Thank you very much indeed. Merci Monsieur le Président. Thank you for giving me this opportunity to brief the Council.

    Monsieur le Président,

    Earlier this year, I...

  • 15 Sep 2020

    Despite a reduction in largescale hostilities since a ceasefire in March, the UN Syrian Commission of Inquiry reported on Monday that armed actors continue to subject civilians to horrific and increasingly targeted abuse.

  • 15 Sep 2020

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  • 15 Sep 2020

    KABUL - The 2020 Afghanistan Conference scheduled for 23-24 November 2020 in Geneva is a milestone event in Afghanistan’s journey...

  • 15 Sep 2020

    Mogadishu – As Somalia reaches the six-month milestone since the announcement of the country’s first confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19), the United Nations family in Somalia...

  • 14 Sep 2020

    Over the next 10 years, the world could well be transformed by potentially lethal new technologies, climate disruptions and disruption caused by expanding cities, the UN peacekeeping chief told the Security Council on Monday, outlining the adaptations required to keep the Organization’s flagship enterprise fit-for-purpose as it confronts daunting new security threats.

  • 14 Sep 2020

    New York, 15 September 2020

    As the world confronts COVID-19, democracy is crucial in ensuring the free flow of information, participation in decision-making and accountability for the response to the pandemic.  Yet since the beginning of the crisis, we have seen the emergency used in a range of countries to restrict democratic processes and civic space. This is especially dangerous in places where democracy’s roots are shallow and...

  • 14 Sep 2020

    New York, 15 September 2020

    I am pleased to join you for the closing of the 74th session of the General Assembly -- a session like no other in the past 75 years.

    The last seven months have been extremely difficult for the people we serve, and for many of us, personally and professionally.

    The...

  • 14 Sep 2020

    New York, 15 September 2020

    It is a pleasure to be with you again for the opening of the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

    Let me begin by warmly congratulating His Excellency Ambassador Volkan Bozkir of Turkey on his election as General Assembly President.  Mr. President, you can fully count on our support and our committed partnership in this common work.

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  • 14 Sep 2020

    Mogadishu - International partners* welcome the resumption of dialogue between the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) and the five Federal Member States (FMS). The partners...

  • 14 Sep 2020

    BAGLHAN-PARWAN - Continued violence during the COVID-19 pandemic is exasperating Afghanistan’s humanitarian crisis, observed participants in a series of radio discussions in Afghanistan’s northeast, west and Kabul...

  • 13 Sep 2020

    13 September 2020 - UNSMIL expresses grave concern regarding reports that one civilian was killed, three were injured, and a number of other demonstrators were arrested on 12 September...

  • 12 Sep 2020

    The first ever direct talks between Afghan Government representatives and the Taliban which began on Saturday, present “a major opportunity” to finally realise the “long-held aspirations” of the people, for a peaceful future, the UN chief has said.

  • 11 Sep 2020

    Secretary-General António Guterres on Friday expressed deep concern over the continued use of force against peaceful protestors in Belarus and detention of those exercising their legitimate democratic rights.

  • 11 Sep 2020

    A proposed new anti-terrorism law in Switzerland could set a dangerous precedent for the suppression of political dissent worldwide, a group of five independent UN human rights experts warned on Friday. 

  • 11 Sep 2020

    New York, 12 September 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic is devastating lives and livelihoods around the world. It poses the greatest risks...

  • 11 Sep 2020

    The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), Mohamed Ibn Chambas, concluded today a four-day visit to the...

  • 11 Sep 2020

    Mogadishu – The key role that young Somalis play in helping develop their country came under the spotlight recently at a special meeting of the United Nations Security...

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    5 - 11 September 2020

    This Week in DPPA is a brief roundup of political and peacebuilding events and developments at UNHQ and around the world.

    COVID-19

    Interview with the Resident Coordinator in Gabon
    In the latest installment of the video series, “Building Peace during the Pandemic”, Stephen Jackson, the UN Resident Coordinator in Gabon, spoke with Marc-André Franche, Chief, Financing for Peacebuilding, PBSO, DPPA, about how lockdown measures in response to COVID-19 have exerted strains on a close-knit society like Gabon. The pandemic has also led to an increase in stigmatization faced of refugees and migrant workers. He highlighted how the UN Country Team in Gabon reoriented its programming to focus on frontline health response. Mr. Jackson emphasized that the real challenge ahead is working on the nexus of social cohesion in terms of sustaining peace in Gabon, the most urbanized country in Africa.
    Watch the video here

     

    For up-to-date information on COVID-19 and its impact, please visit:   
    WHO website  
    UN coronavirus website 

     

    Security Council

    Meeting on cooperation between Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie and the United Nations
    The Security Council on 8 September were briefed on the cooperation between the “Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie”, or OIF, and the United Nations. Bintou Keita, Under-Secretary-General for Africa, said that, as the OIF marks its fiftieth anniversary, the COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the need for strengthened and renewed multilateralism to face challenges of our times. She reminded members of the Council that cooperation within and between international organizations is one of the pillars of multilateralism, adding that the close partnership between the UN and the OIF is fully in line with that logic.
    Read her full remarks here (French)

     

    DiCarlo warns against the erosion of trust in public institutions due to COVID-19
    Under-Secretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo on 9 September briefed the Council on Resolution 2532 regarding COVID 19. The resolution demands cessation of hostilities in conflicts on the Council´s agenda. She highlighted, among other things, the erosion of trust in public institutions. “Such erosion increases fragility and has the potential to drive instability in settings where people perceive authorities have not addressed the pandemic effectively or have not been transparent about its impact,” the Under-Secretary-General warned. “To mitigate COVID-related risks in situations of armed conflict and prevent the possible deterioration of other situations into instability and violence, the collective and individual engagement of members of this Council is indispensable,” Ms. DiCarlo concluded. Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, and Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, also briefed during the meeting.
    Read her full remarks here
    Read more in UN News


     

    Peacebuilding
    Peacebuilding Commission meeting on Lake Chad Basin  
    In a meeting on 9 September convened by Mr. Bob Rae, Peacebuilding Commission Chair and Permanent Representative of Canada to the UN, Member States discussed the impact of COVID-19 in the Lake Chad Basin, which, even before the pandemic faced serious security, humanitarian and development challenges. The Commission recognized the importance of the regional strategy for the stabilization, recovery and resilience of the Boko Haram affected areas and encouraged strong multi-partner support for its implementation, particularly in the face of the pandemic. It welcomed linkages with other strategies and initiatives, including the UN Integrated Strategy for the Sahel, the Peacebuilding Fund projects, and south-south cooperation initiatives. The Commission committed to promoting such efforts, including by helping to amplify the voices of women peacebuilders from the region, who suffer disproportionally from the impact of COVID-19. As a follow-up, the Chair plans to submit a written statement to the 17 September open debate of the Security Council on ‘humanitarian effects of environmental degradation and peace and security, which will also focus on Lake Chad Basin.
    Watch the meeting here

     

    Secretary-General presents report on peacebuilding and sustaining peace
    The Secretary-General on 11 September presented his 2020 Report on peacebuilding and sustaining peace to the membership in a virtualinformal meeting of the General Assembly and Security Council, followed by statements by Member States. The Report underscores that multidimensional, coordinated responses and whole-of society approaches are required to address the world’s complex challenges. Peacebuilding and sustaining peace are more of an imperative than ever. Member States appreciated the evidence presented in the report on the progress made in recent years and reaffirmed the central role of prevention, peacebuilding and sustaining peace in the UN’s work. They also recognized the importance of financing. The United Nations has prioritized  prevention, supporting national governments and actors to address the root causes of vulnerability and provide pathways to sustainable development and peace. The next phase of the 2020 peacebuilding architecture review, which formally began on 1 September, will be led by the appointed co-facilitators, New Zealand and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. It is expected that the review will be concluded by the end of the main session of the General Assembly.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Colombia

    Risaralda department establishes a reintegration board for former FARC combatants
    The UN Verification Mission in Colombia on 8 September participated in the establishment ceremony of the Risaralda Departmental Reintegration Board, which aims to coordinate efforts in favor of cultural transformation for reconciliation, coexistence, and non-stigmatization of FARC-EP former combatants. This body will follow up on social plans and programs intended to help people in the reintegration process, their families, and local communities. The Governor's Office committed to managing resources to support the productive projects of the former combatants based in the community of Santa Cecilia. The UN Mission, together with representatives of the group of former combatants, the Governor's Office of Risaralda, the Mayor's Office of Pereira city, and the Agency for Reintegration and Normalization (ARN) will be active members of the Board.


    ASEAN

    DiCarlo: "It is vital that we all use our political will and leverage to press for the full, equal and meaningful participation of women"

    Under-Secretary-General DiCarlo on 9 September addressed the ASEAN Ministerial Dialogue on Strengthening Women's Role for Sustainable Peace and Security. “The COVID-19 pandemic has only highlighted how fragile the progress we have made actually is. Existing gender inequalities in conflict-affected countries have been exacerbated, and women are at risk of further marginalization from education, economic and political life. As we look ahead to the next 20 years of the women, peace and security agenda, and to the efforts needed to realize a world of sustainable peace, development and equality for all, we must focus on implementation. It is vital that we all use our political will and leverage to press for the full, equal and meaningful participation of women – from political decision-making to peacemaking, from pandemic response to peacebuilding,” Ms. DiCarlo said.

     

    Afghanistan

    Radio series highlights link between communal solidarity and peace
    Participants of UN-backed radio programs in Afghanistan’s central and southeast provinces highlighted strong connections between solidarity in communities and peace. Speaking during radio programs in Bamyan, Daikundi and Ghazni provinces, participants said that peace and social harmony are interlinked. Speakers, many of them influential community and religious leaders, underscored the power of harnessing social bonds underpinned by kindness, brotherhood and unity to get Afghanistan out of a cycle of conflict. UNAMA works with various institutions and individuals, including media stations, religious leaders, provincial councils, community leaders, youth groups and women to create platforms – using radio, social media, and television – for Afghans to engage in dialogue on pressing issues affecting their communities.
    Read more here
     

    Meeting to discuss intra-Afghan negotiations
    Special Representative Deborah Lyons on 7 September met with Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, Chair of the High Council for National Reconciliation, to discuss upcoming intra-Afghan negotiations. “An inclusive peace process is crucial to Afghanistan's stability and prosperity. UN stands with Afghans on the road to peace,” UNAMA tweeted after the meeting. 



     

    Central Asia
    UNRCCA announce winners of essay contest
    This week, UNRCCA announced the winners of its “Youth Voices from Central Asia – UN75 and Regional Peace and Security” essay contest. This was a contest for young people across Central Asia and Afghanistan and part of UNRCCA´s Preventive Diplomacy Academy project. The winners will represent their countries at the upcoming second Government-Youth Dialogue for Central Asia and Afghanistan.
    Read more about the winners here



    Lebanon
    Special Coordinator stands with the young people of Lebanon
    “I am with you, students and generally young generation of Lebanon in your despair and frustration with the authorities, including the banking sector, that so blatantly ignore your rights and needs. Together with my UN colleagues I will continue urging the responsible to quickly find fair and just solutions that will make possible for you to study at home and abroad. You are the future of Lebanon,” Ján Kubiš, Special Coordinator for Lebanon, tweeted on 7 September.



    West Africa

    Special Representative visits Niger
    Mohamed Ibn Chambas, Special Representative and Head of UNOWAS, undertook an official visit to Niger this week. He participated at the 57th Summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), held in Niamey on 6 September, and had a series of meetings with authorities, political actors, civil society organizations representatives, as well as representatives of the United Nations system. “The UN encourage concerted national, regional and international efforts to address decisively the several other challenges facing West Africa, including those related to governance, climate change, security, growing ethnic and religious profiling laced with hate speech, security sector reform, maritime piracy, drug trafficking and other forms of transnational organized crime, " Mr. Ibn Chambas said in his address to the ECOWAS Summit.


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  • 11 Sep 2020

    KABUL - The United Nations family in Afghanistan welcomes upcoming face-to-face peace talks between Afghan parties in Doha, Qatar. The suffering of the Afghan people has gone on for...

  • 10 Sep 2020

    The Security Council on Thursday demanded a halt to attacks on schools, together with students and teachers in conflict zones around the world, in a presidential statement coinciding with the first International Day to Protect Education from Attack.

  • 10 Sep 2020

    Until outstanding issues related to Syria’s initial declaration of its chemical weapons stockpile and programme are resolved, the international community cannot have full confidence that its activities have ended, the UN’s top disarmament expert told the Security Council on Thursday.

  • 10 Sep 2020

    New York, 11 September 2020

    I thank the Presidents of the General Assembly and the Security Council for convening this joint briefing on my Report on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace – focusing on the 2020 review of the peacebuilding architecture. 

    I thank Member States for engaging actively and helping shape this critical outcome. Despite the extraordinary conditions imposed on us...

  • 10 Sep 2020

    As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to upend economies and societies, while also threatening to erode trust in public institutions and democracy, it is critical that people everywhere continue to pursue peace. 

  • 10 Sep 2020

    Remarks at the ASEAN Ministerial Dialogue on Strengthening Women's Role for Sustainable Peace and Security, United Nations Under-Secretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo


    Thank you, Deputy Prime Minister Minh. And thank you to Vietnam and ASEAN for organizing today’s dialogue and bringing dedicated attention to the critical issue of women’s participation in peace and security.

    Twenty years on from the adoption of Security Council resolution 1325 (2000), we have made significant progress in anchoring the understanding of  the full and equal participation of women in conflict prevention, peacekeeping, peacemaking and peacebuilding as crucial to achieving sustainable peace.

    For ASEAN Member States, the commitment to women’s leadership in peacemaking is a long-standing one. As far back as 1973, a woman minister was one of three Vietnamese signatories to the Paris Peace Accords ending the war in Vietnam.

    In 2014, three of the five Government signatories to the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro were women. This included the Chair of the Philippines negotiating team, whose signature represented the first time a woman was the chief signatory of a peace agreement on behalf of a major party.  I am happy to call her, Miriam Coronel Ferrer, a colleague. Miriam is a member of the UN’s Standby team of Senior Mediation Advisers.

    More recently, women negotiators [such as Ja Nan Lahtaw] have been facilitating talks in Myanmar. Women leaders have been heading governments and ministries across the region, and just last month, under Indonesia’s Presidency, the Security Council adopted the first dedicated resolution on Women and Peacekeeping. This is an issue Foreign Minister Retno has been critical in championing.

    At the same time, ASEAN has been making important strides to formalize its women, peace and security architecture. This includes: adopting the first ‘Joint Statement on Promoting Women, Peace and Security in ASEAN’ in 2017; launching the ASEAN Women’s Peace Registry in 2018, and convening the first ASEAN Symposium on Women, Peace and Security in 2019 – an event which featured Noeleen Heyzer, a member of the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Advisory Board on Mediation.

    In this work, the UN has been a steadfast partner. From co-organizing with ASEAN the groundbreaking 2017 Track 1.5 regional dialogue on the critical role of women in preventing violent extremism, to providing bilateral support through the Peacebuilding Fund to projects such as those underway in Myanmar aimed at strengthening the capacity of women mediators and overcoming barriers to women’s participation in conflict resolution.

    Each of these initiatives is vital to our collective efforts to operationalize the women, peace and security agenda. But as we take stock today of our global progress, we must be clear-eyed:  far more remains to be done.

    Power politics, entrenched patriarchal attitudes, unequal social structures and resource exploitation and diversion have held back progress in implementing Security Council resolution 1325.

    So, too, has the lack of mainstreaming of gender analysis in policy making, inadequate support to women’s meaningful participation, and duplication of efforts arising from weak strategic partnerships.

    Indeed, the COVID-19 pandemic has only highlighted how fragile the progress we have made actually is. Existing gender inequalities in conflict-affected countries have been exacerbated, and women are at risk of further marginalization from education, economic and political life.

    As we look ahead to the next 20 years of the women, peace and security agenda, and to the efforts needed to realize a world of sustainable peace, development and equality for all, we must focus on implementation.

    It is vital that we all use our political will and leverage to press for the full, equal and meaningful participation of women – from political decision-making to peacemaking, from pandemic response to peacebuilding.

    We need to build governance structures that ensure gender analysis is integrated from the outset and informs all our policy making.

    We should bring the weight of national legislative processes to provide legal protections for women’s rights.

    We must pursue electoral reforms to facilitate women’s safe political participation as candidates and voters.

    We need to allocate adequate, predictable and sustained financing to support our efforts.

    And we must work in close cooperation with our strategic partners including regional organizations and women’s civil society, to achieve the vision laid out in resolution 1325 for just, equal and peaceful societies.

    As we face a historic public health crisis, economic uncertainty and complex peace and security challenges, the importance of strategic and complementary partnerships to achieving the women, peace and security agenda could not be clearer.

    To this end, the adoption of the second ASEAN-UN Plan of Action later this year is a prime example of such partnerships in action.

    Under the current Plan of Action, ASEAN and the UN are working to mainstream gender-inclusive conflict prevention through the ASEAN Women’s Peace Registry, to promote the role of women in peacebuilding and preventing vio lent extremism, and  support ASEAN’s deployment of women peacekeepers to UN peacekeeping missions.

    The new Plan of Action will build on this existing close cooperation to strengthen the role of women in governance through a proposed ASEAN-UN electoral observation training and by exploring ways to support women in politics through the ASEAN Inter-Government Parliamentary Assembly.

     

    Excellencies,

    The women, peace and security agenda will require long-term and sustained political will, effort and investment – particularly from Member States.

    Attitudes and resources need to be shifted, and the wider public’s understanding of the importance of women’s participation expanded. Implementing the women, peace and security agenda is, and needs to be seen as fundamental to achieving sustainable peace, security and development for all.

    The UN looks forward to continuing its close partnership with ASEAN on women, peace and security, and to working together to ensure that over the next 20 years, women achieve their equal and rightful place in shaping the decisions and priorities of their communities and countries.

    Thank you.

     

  • 10 Sep 2020

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  • 10 Sep 2020
    Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General (ASRSG) and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Stephanie Williams warmly welcomes the outcomes of the...
  • 10 Sep 2020

    New York, 9 September 2020

    Thank you very much. Ladies and Gentlemen of the media, 

    I am pleased to join Professor [Petteri] Taalas of the World Meteorological Organization for this launch of United in Science 2020, a multi-agency compilation of the latest climate science. 

    Professor Taalas will walk through some of the details but let me say a few...

  • 10 Sep 2020

    New York, 9 September 2020 

    I am pleased to join you for the first observance of the International Day to Protect Education from Attack.  

    I thank the State of Qatar, UNESCO, UNICEF and the Education Above All Foundation for organizing this high-level event.  

    Education is a fundamental human right.  

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  • 10 Sep 2020

    NEW YORK - The Secretary-General strongly condemns the attack today in Kabul on the official convoy of First Vice President Amrullah Saleh, which resulted in dozens of civilian casualties.  

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  • 10 Sep 2020

    The United Nations has strongly condemned the attack, on Wednesday, in Kabul, targeting the official convoy of Afghanistan’s First Vice President Amrullah Saleh. 

  • 9 Sep 2020

    The erosion of trust in public institutions, unequal access to health care and tensions around delicate peace negotiations, are among the risks amplified by COVID-19, which if not mitigated, could push more countries into violence, the UN political affairs chief told the Security Council on Wednesday.

  • 9 Sep 2020

    The war in Yemen continues to ravage the country and its people, senior UN-appointed rights investigators said on Wednesday, in a call for an international probe into suspected war crimes, and sanctions against the perpetrators.  

  • 9 Sep 2020

    Education is a fundamental human right and an essential driver for peace and development, yet armed attacks targeting teachers, students and education facilities are on the rise, with some 11,000 incidents reported between 2015 and 2019, the UN Secretary-General said on Wednesday.