UN Security Council Open Debate

Women and Peace and Security :

Investing in Women in Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding

 

New York, 21 October 2021

 

Statement by H.E. Mr. Olivier Maes

Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Luxembourg

 

Madam President,

 

Luxembourg would like to thank the Kenyan presidency of the Security Council for convening this in-person open debate on Women and Peace and Security, as well as all the speakers who have enriched the debate with their experiences.

I also thank the Secretary-General for his comprehensive annual report.

 

Luxembourg fully subscribes to the statements of the European Union and the Group of Friends on Women and Peace and Security.

Last year, we celebrated the 20th anniversary of the adoption of Resolution 1325, which was a milestone in defending and promoting the rights of women and girls around the world, especially in armed conflicts. But much remains to be done. The current situation in Afghanistan shows how vulnerable women’s rights are. Protecting their rights means protecting the rights of the whole society.

Now more than ever, it is our duty to translate our long-standing commitments into action. The different situations on the agenda of the Security Council show us that it is imperative to include women at all levels of peace processes and peacekeeping. This is a prerequisite for conflict resolution and sustainable peace.

According to the global study on the implementation of Resolution 1325, women’s participation increases by 35% the likelihood of reaching a peace agreement that will last 15 years. It is therefore essential that the international community redouble its efforts to make the role of women peacemakers a reality.

 

The Women and Peace and Security agenda must be fully integrated into all our efforts; whether in the framework of Security Council mandates, budget negotiations, within regional organisations, through national policies and local initiatives. As the Secretary-General emphasises in his report, more support should be given to local organisations promoting women’s rights.

In line with its feminist foreign policy, Luxembourg continues to implement its Women and Peace and Security national action plan for the period 2018-2023, also in consultation with civil society organisations. Our action plan follows a holistic approach in the areas of diplomacy, defence, development cooperation, but also in the key and cross-cutting areas of health, education and climate change to ensure women’s empowerment in a sustainable way.

We continue to fund projects and initiatives to combat sexual and gender-based violence and impunity, including through a gender-based strategy, in the framework of our official development assistance.

This year, the Luxembourg Army created a Women’s Committee, which aims to formulate concrete proposals to enhance the integration and recruitment of women within the army.

We also encourage and support the participation of women in civilian crisis management missions. Since 6 April 2021, Luxembourg has deployed a woman police officer to the European Union Police Mission for the Palestinian Territories, EUPOL COPPS, where she is involved notably in a project to support women in the Palestinian police.

Last week, Luxembourg had the honour of being elected for the first time to the Human Rights Council, for the term 2022-2024. Gender equality is one of the priority themes that we will seek to promote and strengthen. You can count on us.

 

Thank you.

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