Women electorate of Mongwalu listen to a United Nations pre-election presentation
On 28 October 2011 Mark Lyall Grant delivered the UK statement at the UN Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security: 'The United Kingdom believes that women’s inclusion in political settlements and peace processes, the protection of women and girls in situations of armed violence, and women’s access to security and justice, are essential building blocks for more peaceful and stable societies.'
The Security Council unanimously adopted an important UK drafted Presidential Statement on Women's Participation in Conflict Prevention and Post Conflict Peacebuilding.
On 26th October 2010 the UN Security Council held an Open Debate on Women Peace and Security . Women are often the most capable of rebuilding a community ravaged by war but the least able to do so due to sexual violence and exclusion from peace negotiations. Ban Ki-Moon spoke via video link and Madame Bachelet, the new head of UN Women, presented the SG report. USG Le Roy and a Civil Society Representative also briefed the Council.
There was an impressive level of ministerial attendance. Mark Lyall Grant announced the UK's new National Action Plan and Secretary Clinton announced the US National Action Plan.
A set of 26 indicators were adopted by the Security Council and they asked the SG to 'take them forward' - Click the link to read the Presidential Statement. The indicators will be used to measure progress in the implementation of SCR 1325 in countries of conflict and post-conflict. SCR 1325 (2000) was the first time that the link between women's security and lasting peace was formally made. The Security Council will now have the information needed to measure progress of women's participation and protection in peacebuilding.
We look forward to receiving the data from the indicators in the next 36 months. There will be a High Level Panel convened in 5 years to review work on implementing SCR 1325 and we hope that the use of these new indicators will mean faster and better advancement on this agenda than there has been in the last 10 years.
United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325, was adopted unanimously on October 31, 2000. It called upon all countries to allow increased representation for women at all levels and required that parties in a conflict respect women's rights and support their participation in peace negotiations and in post-conflict reconstruction.