Vietnam calls for removing barriers and discrimination against women in peace building and maintenance
Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the United Nations. Photo: VOV
I commend the Russian Presidency for convening this open debate.
I thank the Secretary-General for his comprehensive report and the Under-Secretary-General, Executive Director of UN Women and other briefers for their insights.
We welcome the progress made in the implementation of landmark Resolution 1325 and subsequent relevant resolutions. The role of women and issues related to women, including sexual violence and gender equality, have been increasingly integrated in relevant mechanisms and regimes. We are encouraged by the report that between 2017 and 2019, approximately 70 percent of Security Council resolutions included explicit references to WPS issues while this number was only 15 percent in the first five years since Resolution 1325 (2000) was adopted. We also see the increased participation of women in all areas, from conflict prevention to peacebuilding, peace process and reconstruction efforts.
However, much remains to be done. As mentioned in the report of the Secretary-General, the progress has been too slow, too narrow and easy to reverse. In this regard, to enhance the implementation of this agenda, I wish to highlight the following points:
First, we call on all states to support the Secretary-General's all for a global ceasefire and immediate cessation of hostilities in all corners of the globe to reinforce diplomatic actions, help create favorable conditions for humanitarian assistance and bring hope to the people, including women and girls, who are most vulnerable to conflicts and covid-19 pandemic.
Second, peace can only be sustained if conflicts can be prevented and addressed at their roots. Therefore, we stress the importance of conflict prevention, socio-economic development, and post-conflict peace building, recovery and reconstruction. During these processes, the WPS issues should be fully implemented.
Third, we need to remove persisting barriers and push for a radical shift for women's meaningful participation in peacemaking, peacekeeping and peace building efforts, ensuring that women are fully involved as equal partners from the earliest stages in each and every peace and political process.
Last but not least, progress primarily depends on states, but also states' partnerships, especially with a better-coordinated and adequately resourced United Nations. To that end, we call on the international donor community to keep providing a minimum of 15 per cent of ODA to conflict-affected countries to be used for advancing gender equality.
On its part, Vietnam fully recognizes the key role of women in conflict prevention and settlement, sustaining peace, and socio-economic development. Vietnamese women have not only fought for the country's freedom and independence but also have worked hard and made significant contribution to the national recovery and development. When the situation demands it, Vietnamese women can also be effective agents of peace - as peacekeepers. Besides, women's organizations in Vietnam, including the Women's Union, have played an active role in post-war recovery, mine clearance, and assistance to Agent Orange victims and veterans' families, to name but a few. Vietnam has been also fulfilling our respective obligations and commitments under the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination of Women (CEDAW) and the Beijing Platform for Action.
To conclude, Vietnam reiterates its readiness and commitment to join efforts of the international community to ensure that the voices of women are heard, their concerns and needs are addressed; their roles and contributions to peace and security both are enhanced and recognized.
I thank you, Mr. President.
The 29 October event focused on the Women, Peace, Security Agenda under the chair of Russia – alternate UNSC Chair for October with an aim to share experience, achievements and challenges in the implementation of the agenda and Resolution 1325 over the past two decades.
Participants highlighted the significance of Resolution 1325 and pledged to fully and comprehensively realise pillars of the agenda related to the resolution at the regional and national levels. They called for increasing financial support for women and girls in countries hit by conflicts.
They also shared experience and measures to raise public awareness of the effort, build national action programmes, enhance training on sex violence prevention among the UN peacekeeping missions, promote gender equality and empower women for their advancement during post-conflict period.