Statement by Ambassador Heiko Thoms during the Open Debate of the Security Council on Women, Peace and Security

Oct 25, 2016

Mr. President,

Germany aligns itself with the statements delivered by the European Union and by Canada on behalf of the Group of Friends of Women, Peace and Security.

Today’s debate marks roughly a year since we met in this Chamber for the High-Level Review on Women, Peace and Security. On that occasion, a record number of speakers in the history of the Council voiced their support for the agenda built on resolution 1325. However, despite some progress, huge implementation gaps remain, as today’s briefings have outlined. I would like to particularly thank Rita Lopidia from EVE, who has impressively spoken about the difficult situation of women in South Sudan.

 

Mr. President,

I will keep my remarks short and operational. After all, the shortcomings in the implementation of the Women, Peace and Security framework are not due to a lack of words, but due to a lack of action:

First, how can we do better here in New York?

A year ago, Security Council resolution 2242 gave this Council a clear mandate to be more inclusive, and to involve civil society in the implementation of the Women, Peace and Security agenda. The Council needs to live up to this commitment and should open its country-specific considerations for briefings by civil society whenever possible.

Germany sees the establishment of the Council’s Informal Expert Group on Women, Peace and Security as a major institutional milestone. Within less than a year of its existence, the Expert Group has already assessed five country situations, in close collaboration with UN field missions on the ground. We now need to ensure that the excellent outcomes of the Group reach the Council itself more frequently and directly.

 

Second, how can we improve the implementation of resolution 1325 at the regional level?

The Council has rightly called upon regional organizations to partake in the implementation of the Women, Peace and Security agenda. As part of our OSCE Chairmanship, Germany has heeded this call and has appointed a Special Representative of the OSCE Chairpersonship-in-Office on Gender Issues. Next month, the Federal Foreign Ministry in cooperation with the Ministry for Family Affairs will jointly host a meeting in Berlin on Women, Peace and Security that will discuss ways to accelerate the implementation of resolution 1325 – both within the OSCE framework and beyond.

 

Third, where do we stand in the implementation on the national level?

Germany is currently revising its National Action Plan on 1325. And we look forward to exchanging our lessons learned with partners, not just here in New York, but also at capital-level. Germany has also taken an active role in the setup of the Focal Points Network founded by Spain. We are proud to host the 2018 meeting of the network in Berlin.

We are currently working with UN Women, the African Union and the AU Envoy on Women, Peace and Security, Bineta Diop, to explore ways to facilitate the exchange of experiences between African Women Leaders.

 

Mr. President,

We encourage the next Secretary-General to continue to treat the Women, Peace and Security agenda as a high priority. The implementation of resolution 1325 remains a cross-cutting task for the entire UN system, not just the Security Council. We see the “Women, Peace and Security” agenda and the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development goals as interlinked, and this also means that we need to approach their implementation in tandem.

You can count on Germany’s support in taking practical and specific steps to transform the Women, Peace and Security framework into action.

 

Thank you, Mr. President.

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