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Remarks by His Excellency Ambassador Sven Jürgenson Permanent Representative of Estonia at the Open Debate of the Security Council on Women and Peace and Security, 13 October 2015

13.10.2015

Mr. President,

Estonia welcomes the adoption of the Resolution 2242 by the Security Council today, we were also one of the co-sponsors of the resolution.  Estonia aligns itself with the statement made by the European Union.

UN Security Council resolution 1325 was a game changer for women, peace, and security. I want to thank you Mr. President and the Secretary-General for organizing this debate to underline the importance of the issue. 

The year 2015 has given international community an unparalleled opportunity to reiterate the importance of the implementation of women’s and girls’ rights: we are celebrating 15 years of adoption of Resolution 1325 and recently 20 years of the Beijing Declaration and Platform of Action passed. In addition newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals encourage us to take a look at how women are affected by each of the 17 goals.

The parallel review of resolution 1325 and UN’s peace operations and peacebuilding has led to an invaluable opportunity to create a more holistic approach to conflict prevention.

Paired with more focused attention on women’s role in the society as well as in peace and security, the international community has a unique opportunity to effectively address the challenges the agenda faces.

Mr. President,

A lot has changed in the world during last 15 years – the number of conflicts has increased significantly, we face new threats. One of the key challenges we face is the implementation gap. Security Council should strengthen its own commitment to the effective implementation of women peace and security agenda.

However, it is the primary responsibility of each member state to make sure that women are included from the very beginning into conflict prevention, planning of peace operations and conflict resolution.

Estonia is committed to implementing resolution 1325 and is currently in the process of adopting its second National Action Plan. Changes do not happen overnight. Therefore we have to focus on raising awareness on women, peace and security topic from grass-root level to international cooperation. We strongly support the inclusion of gender perspective in the mandate, implementation and evaluation of the operations and missions of the international organizations we are parties to. In parallel we must continue to fight against impunity, especially against sexual violence in conflicts.

Mr. President,

Estonia continues to support the rights of women and girls within the framework of development cooperation, with special attention paid to women’s access to education and health care. Empowered educated women are more likely to be active in local communities and participate in peace processes as well as in conflict prevention.

This year provides us with unique opportunity to give an additional impetus to making previously set goals into reality – let’s not lose the momentum.

Thank you!

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