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Statement of the Permanent Representative of Estonia, Mr. Sven Jürgenson at the Open Arria-formula meeting on Synergies between the Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security and CEDAW, 5 December 2016


Mr. Chair, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Estonia would like to thank all the presenters today and the Mission of Uruguay for
hosting this open Arria-formula meeting. The reason why we are here, is that we all want to improve system-wide accountability and cooperation to help implement the women peace and security agenda in synergy with CEDAW. To do this, the steps for improvement must be clear, applicable, adaptable as well as effective and the commitment by each member state must be candid and sincere.

In recent years, there has obviously been a significant increase in momentum on protecting women’s human rights. It has largely derived from the work of the Security Council, CEDAW Committee and UN Women as well as non-governmental and civil-society organisations. Willful cooperation with and between governments can be of great contribution to the prosperity of efforts made. Ultimately, it helps to achieve the actual care and support that women receive especially in conflict or poverty affected zones. Thus the role of governments must be highlighted in this discussion.

Firstly, all State Parties to CEDAW must openly and assuredly acknowledge their obligations towards the Convention’s full implementation. Here we would like to call on all states that have yet to become Parties to the Convention, to do so. Secondly, State Parties must report clearly with UN-backed proof on the implementation of obligations, mechanisms of reporting and data collection and actual activities carried out. In return, the Committee has the fundamental responsibility to addresses its areas of concern and give clear recommendations. Thirdly, though governmental cooperation is essential, everyone needs to be heard. Non-governmental and civil society organisations have the ability to provide new insight and parallel data that could otherwise be missed - and so, they must be encouraged and financially supported.

Estonia co-sponsored the Security Council resolutions 1820, 1888 and 2242 as well as contributed to the 2015 Global Study by UN Women. The same year Estonia adopted and is currently implementing its second Action Plan for the Implementation of the Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security. It outlines Estonia’s practical commitment for supporting and ensuring the human rights of women at a global level. This includes cooperation, information exchange and raising awareness both at national and international levels. It also sets to encourage women’s participation in positions related to peace and security. For example, this year we set out the target to triple the number of female participants and workers in the military.

Mr. Chair, Ladies and Gentlemen,

As work continues to be done, the member states must remember their significance in complying with UN bodies tackling issues regarding women’s human rights. Proposals for action such as mentioned in the Global Study as well as the CEDAW General Recommendations must be conducted and exercised to their fullest extent. It is only then that we will see member states taking action in clear and system-wide coherence with both the Security Council resolutions and CEDAW which are already undoubtedly interrelated.

Thank you.


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