UN / GUTERRES CALL TO ACTION

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Secretary-General António Guterres issued a call to action on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) in peacekeeping contexts. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 09 OCTOBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT

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RECENT NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, United Nations exterior

09 OCTOBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY

2. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“I wanted to launch a call to action and to call on governments , on the United Nations system – because it starts by us all and the way we behave – on regional organizations, African Union, European Union, many others, civil society organizations, academia, and the wider international community to take bold action to translate commitments - there is lots of commitments – but commitments into reality. To prioritize women’s leadership. To invest in community-based women’s networks as equal partners, to embrace evidence-based decision-making to a gender data revolution, and to adopt a feminist approach to accelerate women’s full equal and meaningful participation.”

RECENT NEW YORK CITY

3. Wide shot, United Nations exterior

08 OCTOBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY

4. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Day after day, year after year, we are paying a price because of our own biases and because of discrimination that exists. And we need to be able to do better and it depends on us for that to happen.”

RECENT NEW YORK CITY

5. Wide shot, United Nations exterior

08 OCTOBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY

6. SOUNDBITE (French) Mama Koite Doumbia, Member of the Economic, Social and Cultural Council of the African Union, Mali:
“Mali’s women leaders call on the United Nations and the international community, as well as regional and sub regional organizations to support the acceleration of accreditations of Malian women by organizing consultations under resolution 1325 which brings together women leaders and the signatory groups in order to facilitate understanding, reinforce the role and responsibility of women in Mali’s peace process.”

RECENT NEW YORK CITY

7. Wide shot, United Nations exterior

08 OCTOBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY

8. SOUNDBITE (English) Magda Zenon, Hands Across the Divide, Cyprus:
“The voices of women from across the island, with years of experience at grassroots policy level, must be included in a meaningful way if sustainable peace is the intention. And this needs to happen now, because we’ve already waited for 46 years and we cannot wait any longer for peace in this island.”

RECENT NEW YORK CITY

9. Wide shot, United Nations exterior

08 OCTOBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY

12. SOUNDBITE (French) Lina Ekomo, African Women Leaders Network (AWLN), Central African Republic:
“We would like to demand that the elections are inclusive and that women are effectively involved in the implementation of the peace accord and in the decision-making process. This is why we demand that the United Nations and the international community to provide technical and political assistance necessary to reestablish security in our country and to support advocates of initiatives of women organizations for the peaceful elections.”

RECENT NEW YORK CITY

13. Wide shot, United Nations exterior

08 OCTOBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY

14. SOUNDBITE (English) Nawal Hassan Osman, Gender Advisor of the Darfur States, Sudan:
“We are calling on the UN to support the implementation of Sudan’s plan of action of resolution 1325 and to strengthening the capacity of civil society organizations in Darfur and to play an effective role in advancing and advocating the women peace and security.”

RECENT NEW YORK CITY

15. Wide shot, United Nations exterior

STORYLINE:

Secretary-General António Guterres on Thursday (8 Oct) issued a call to action on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) in peacekeeping contexts.

The Secretary-General made a rallying call to governments, the UN system, regional and civil society organizations, among others, to “take bold actions” to fully implement the WPS agenda.

At a virtual roundtable discussion on WPS in peacekeeping, Guterres said, “I wanted to launch a call to action and to call on governments , on the United Nations system – because it starts by us all and the way we behave – on regional organizations, African Union, European Union, many others, civil society organizations, academia, and the wider international community to take bold actions to translate commitments - there is lots of commitments – but commitments into reality. To prioritize women’s leadership. To invest in community-based women’s networks as equal partners, to embrace evidence-based decision-making to a gender data revolution, and to adopt a feminist approach to accelerate women’s full equal and meaningful participation.”

The Secretary-General was joined by female leaders from Central African Republic (CAR), Cyprus, Sudan and Mali, who also addressed the meeting. In their interactions with the Secretary-General, the women leaders highlighted progresses and remaining challenges in implementing this priority agenda in their respective contexts, touching on a wide range of issues from women’s participation in peace processes and conflict resolution, to the effectiveness of women’s leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuring women’s voices as voters and candidates in elections.

Mama Koite Doumbia from Mali said, “Mali’s women leaders call on the United Nations and the international community, as well as regional and sub regional organizations to support the acceleration of accreditations of Malian women by organizing consultations under resolution 1325 which brings together women leaders and the signatory groups in order to facilitate understanding, reinforce the role and responsibility of women in Mali’s peace process.”

Magda Zenon from Cyprus said, “the voices of women from across the island, with years of experience at grassroots policy level, must be included in a meaningful way if sustainable peace is the intention. And this needs to happen now, because we’ve already waited for 46 years and we cannot wait any longer for peace in this island.”

Lina Ekomo from the CAR said, “we would like to demand that the elections are inclusive and that women are effectively involved in the implementation of the peace accord and in the decision-making process. Therefore we demand that the United Nations and the international community to provide technical and political assistance necessary to reestablish security in our country and to support advocates of initiatives of women organizations for the peaceful elections.”

And Nawal Hassan Osman from Sudan said, “we are calling on the UN to support the implementation of Sudan’s plan of action of resolution 1325 and to strengthening the capacity of civil society organizations in Darfur and to play an effective role in advancing and advocating the women peace and security.”

The online discussion marked the 20th Anniversary of the landmark Security Council Resolution 1325 and reaffirmed women’s full, equal and meaningful participation in achieving and sustaining peace as a key priority.
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