UN / MEDIATORS SEXUAL VIOLENCE LAUNCH

09-Mar-2012 00:01:13
Chief of political affairs B. Lynn Pascoe and UN special representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict Margot Wallström launched the UN Department of Political Affairs (DPA) Guidance for Mediators on addressing Conflict-Related Sexual Violence in Ceasefire and Peace Agreements. For the first time, it will provide principles and strategies for mediators and their teams to help combat this destructive tactic of warfare. UNTV
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STORY: UN / MEDIATORS SEXUAL VIOLENCE
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DATELINE: 9 MARCH 2012, NEW YORK
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FILE – 2011, UNITED NATIONS HEADQUARTERS, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

9 MARCH 2012, NEW YORK

2. Wide shot, press conference
3. Cutaway, journalists
4. SOUNDBITE (English) B. Lynn Pascoe, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, United Nations:
“In the long history of peacemaking, there have been very few peace agreements or ceasefires to factor in this dimension. With these guidelines we are in a position to do so more thoroughly and consistently.”
5. Cutaway, journalists
6. SOUNDBITE (English) B. Lynn Pascoe, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, United Nations:
“It gives the mediator a playbook that he or she can draw from. It requires efforts on the part of the mediation to become informed about the extent of sexual violence within the conflict and factor that into the mediation strategy. It obliges mediators to engage parties in discussion on this issue and to work towards firm commitments to cease all acts of conflict-related sexual violence.”
7. Cutaway, journalists
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Margot Wallström, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict
“With this tool I think we will have a very concrete way of ensuring that sexual violence from now on will actually mean a break of a ceasefire agreement.”
9. Cutaway, journalists
10. Wide shot, end of press conference
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Chief of political affairs B. Lynn Pascoe and UN special representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict Margot Wallström today launched the UN Department of Political Affairs (DPA) Guidance for Mediators on addressing Conflict-Related Sexual Violence in Ceasefire and Peace Agreements.

The guidance will, for the first time, provide principles and strategies for mediators and their teams to help combat that destructive tactic of warfare.

SOUNDBITE (English) B. Lynn Pascoe, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, United Nations:
“In the long history of peacemaking, there have been very few peace agreements or ceasefires to factor in this dimension. With these guidelines we are in a position to do so more thoroughly and consistently.”

The guidance will be issued to all UN mediators and mission chiefs and incorporated in training and briefing materials for envoys and their teams.

SOUNDBITE (English) B. Lynn Pascoe, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, United Nations:
“It gives the mediator a playbook that he or she can draw from. It requires efforts on the part of the mediation to become informed about the extent of sexual violence within the conflict and factor that into the mediation strategy. It obliges mediators to engage parties in discussion on this issue and to work towards firm commitments to cease all acts of conflict-related sexual violence.”

The guidelines also require sexual violence to be included in the definition of acts covered by and monitored by the terms of a ceasefire.

SOUNDBITE (English) Margot Wallström, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict
“With this tool I think we will have a very concrete way of ensuring that sexual violence from now on will actually mean a break of a ceasefire agreement.”

Conflict-related sexual violence has been used as a tactic of warfare in many armed conflicts around the globe from Bosnia to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Sierra Leone – affecting women and men, girls and boys.

Since 2008, the UN Security Council has considered sexual violence a threat to security and an impediment to peace. Left unaddressed, ongoing sexual violence can be used as a means to continue acts of war outside of the purview of peace agreements and monitoring teams.
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