UN / WOMEN PEACE AND SECURITY WRAP

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On the tenth anniversary of the landmark Security Council Resolution 1325, which links women, peace and security, and establishes a framework to guide the UN's actions and policies, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says that, "we must admit that we have failed to build sufficiently on these conceptual foundations." UNTV

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DATELINE: 21 OCTOBER 2010, NEW YORK CITY/ FILE

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FILE – RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Zoom out, exterior new UN building

21 OCTOBER 2010, NEW YORK CITY

1.Wide shot, Secretary-General’s arrival
2.Pan right, conference room
3.SOUNDBITE (English) Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General:
“In 1995, the Beijing Platform for Action recognized that women’s full participation is essential to preventing and resolving conflict and maintaining peace. Five years later, the Security Council passed Resolution 1325, linking women, peace and security, and establishing a framework to guide the UN’s actions and policies. These were landmark steps. But today we must admit that we have failed to build sufficiently on these conceptual foundations.”
4.Med shot, audience
5.SOUNDBITE (English) Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General:
“Advancing the cause of women, peace and security must be integral to our peacemaking, peacekeeping, and peace building efforts, not an afterthought. Today’s commemoration of the anniversary of 1325 is our chance to say, loud and clear: Women Count for Peace.”
6.Med shot, audience applause
7.SOUNDBITE (English) Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director and Under-Secretary-General of UN Women:
“We need to make women’s engagement in the UN peace talks and security work a routine part of the peace building. I mean, that cannot be a firework, beautiful, and then disappears and nothing is there. It has to be a routine.”
8.Wide shot, conference room
9.Wide shot, press conference dais
10.Med shot, audience
11.SOUNDBITE (English) Anne Marie Goetz, Chief Advisor, Governance Peace and Security, UNIFEM:
“Peace talks are treated very much, and indeed they are, context specific, very particular, very special, often secret, very difficult to establish a standard rule that women should be involved. And there’s huge reluctance to obliging negotiating teams to include women. However, as UN, there are things that we should be doing and can do as a routine, very much as Mrs. Djinnit described, where mediators always consult with women. They do not now. They should be requested always to do so, and that’s not impossibility.”
12.Med shot, audience
13.Wide shot, press conference dais

STORYLINE:

Commemorating the unanimous adoption of the landmark Security Council resolution 1325, a Global Open Day on Women, Peace and Security was held today at UN Headquarters focusing specifically on the work of women peace advocates, UN priorities in advancing the resolution, the achievements of the resolution in the last ten years, and the challenges ahead.

Addressing the event, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted that the 1995 Beijing Platform for Action and Resolution 1325 were “landmark steps”, but today “we must admit that we have failed to build sufficiently on these conceptual foundations.”

Security Council resolution 1325 was the first to address the specific impacts of conflict on women and to call for women’s engagement in conflict resolution and peace building. Implementation gaps include a persistent shortfall in the financing of solutions for women’s needs in post-conflict recovery plans, along with very high levels of sexual violence in some conflicts.

Women are also still marginalized in peace processes.

Former Chilean President and head of the newly created UN Women, Michelle Bachelet, told the meeting that women’s engagement in the UN peace talks and security work need to be made “a routine part of the peace building” and cannot be like a firework, which is “beautiful, and then disappears and nothing is there.”

At a later press conference Anne Marie Goetz, Chief Advisor for Governance Peace and Security at the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), said that peace talks often are “context specific, very particular, very special, often secret” and “very difficult to establish a standard rule that women should be involved."

She added that however, “there are things that we should be doing and can do as a routine” at the UN level, including “where mediators always consult with women” which is “not impossibility.”

Since the adoption of resolution 1325 women’s role in peace and security is now more clearly integrated in the Security Council’s deliberations, and it has further adopted resolutions 1820 (2008) and 1888 (2009) – which focus on sexual violence in conflict – and resolution 1889 (2009) which calls for concrete action to accelerate the implementation of resolution 1325.

On 26 October 2010, the Security Council will review the decade of implementation of resolution 1325 in an open debate.
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