Ambassador Sylvie Lucas participates in the Security Council’s open debate on women and peace and security
In her intervention, the Permanent Representative welcomed the adoption of resolution 1960 (2010) which follows-up on the recommandations by the Secretary General to fight sexual violence in conflict more efficiently. The Permanent Representative reiterated Luxembourg’s commitment to participate in the collective effort by the international community against sexual violence. She informed about a recent contribution by Luxembourg to MONUSCO which will allow to finance a training programme for the Congolese national police and in particular increase the awareness of members of the Congolese police as regards sexual violence and give them the ability to better protect women and children against the latter. The Ambassador further announced that Luxembourg had just decided to fund a major project of the Department of peacekeeping operations, which aims to strengthen the leadership and participation of women in peacebuilding activities in countries emerging from conflict. This project includes the organisation of several meetings at national and regional levels, one in West Africa, the other one in the Great Lakes region, to facilitate the exchange of good practices in that area. The protection of women and girls against sexual violence will also be taken up in this context.