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Luxembourg intervenes at the Security Council’s Open Debate on “Women, Peace and Security”

Published Friday November 30 2012

The open debate was notably concerned with the role of women’s civil society organisations engaged in conflict prevention and supporting peacebuilding efforts.

In her statement, the Permanent Representative of Luxembourg, Ambassador Sylvie Lucas, recalled that “there can be no prevention of conflicts without participation of women, and no participation without effective protection of the rights and the physical and moral integrity of women”.

The Ambassador welcomed progress made in this area during the last two years, all the while insisting on the necessity to continue efforts aiming to implement all provisions of resolution 1325. She thus regretted the weak level of representation of women in peace talks and underlined that numerous structural problems remained, which limited women’s participation in political life.

Luxembourg, which is going to serve on the Security Council from January 1st, 2013, has supported efforts for women’s empowerment throughout the world for many years and has been supporting an important programme implemented by the UN’s Department of Peacekeeping Operations since 2010, which is aiming at strengthening the political representation of women in different countries and regions.

About sixty speakers participated in the open debate, among them Ms Bineta Diop, Executive Director of the NGO Femmes Africa Solidarité, one of Luxembourg’s long-term civil society partners.

Link to the Ambassador’s statement