UN / WOMEN PEACE AND SECURITY

10-Jul-2018 00:02:29
Upon her return from a joint UN-African Union mission to South Sudan, Niger and Chad, Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed told the Security Council that across the three countries visited, “it is evident that women can be the agents of a new and necessary approach.” UNIFEED / FILE
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STORY: UN / WOMEN PEACE AND SECURITY
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SOURCE: UNIFEED / UNMISS
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 10 JULY 2018, NEW YORK CITY / 03 JULY 2018, WAU, SOUTH SUDAN
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RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, UN headquarters

10 JULY 2018, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations:
“With today’s conflicts greater in both number and complexity, it is more important than ever to find the path to peacebuilding and sustainable development for all. Across the three countries we visited, it is evident that women can be the agents of a new and necessary approach.”
4. Med shot, delegates
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations:
“it is critical that we all step up. This means urgently increasing our budget support for development in these and other fragile countries. This is a matter of human dignity first and foremost. But it is also a matter of peace and security. Investment in development must be transformative; it must support not only scaled-up integrated projects, as we saw in Niger when we visited a UN programme that brought together health, nutrition, agriculture, water and sanitation alongside women’s empowerment recognizing the context of climate change.”
6. Med shot, delegates
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Investing in peace now in this region will bring global dividends to all. With Resolution 1325 and the seven resolutions that build on it, we have the necessary commitments. We have tools such as a recalibrated UN Integrated Sahel Strategy for the. We must now bring these to life, and encourage further alignment, encouraging that between the Sahel Support Plan, Agenda 2030, Agenda 2063 and, most importantly, national plans. The cost of inaction is high. Poverty, weak institutions and gender inequality, including the abhorrent practices such as child marriage, are creating an environment ripe for extremism.”
8. Wide shot, Council

03 JULY 2018, WAU, SOUTH SUDAN

9. Various shots, UN Deputy-Secretary-General greeted by women at Wau Protection of Civilians site
10. Various shots, Mohammed holding a baby
11. Various shots, Mohammed visiting school

07 JULY 2018, OUTSKIRTS OF NIAMEY, NIGER

12 Various shots, Swedish Foreign Minister, Margot Wallström, and Mohammed visiting women’s health centre
STORYLINE
Upon her return from a joint UN-African Union mission to South Sudan, Niger and Chad, Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed today (10 Jul) told the Security Council that across the three countries visited, “it is evident that women can be the agents of a new and necessary approach.”

Briefing the Council during its open meeting on women, peace and security in the Sahel, Mohammed said, “with today’s conflicts greater in both number and complexity, it is more important than ever to find the path to peacebuilding and sustainable development for all.”

The Deputy Secretary-General also noted there is a clear need to keep countries experiencing fragility today from becoming the failed states of tomorrow.

She said, “it is critical that we all step up. This means urgently increasing our budget support for development in these and other fragile countries. This is a matter of human dignity first and foremost. But it is also a matter of peace and security. Investment in development must be transformative; it must support not only scaled-up integrated projects, as we saw in Niger when we visited a UN programme that brought together health, nutrition, agriculture, water and sanitation alongside women’s empowerment recognizing the context of climate change.”


The Deputy Secretary-General pointed to the need to address the stark cost that women and girls pay for conflict. She said they heard a universal and increasingly frustrated call by women for greater inclusion, representation and participation in all areas of society.

She stressed the importance of urgently increasing our budget support for development in these and other fragile countries. Investment in development must be transformative, she said, adding that it must support only scaled-up, integrated projects.

Mohamed said “investing in peace now in this region will bring global dividends to all. With Resolution 1325 and the seven resolutions that build on it, we have the necessary commitments. We have tools such as a recalibrated UN Integrated Sahel Strategy for the. We must now bring these to life, and encourage further alignment, encouraging that between the Sahel Support Plan, Agenda 2030, Agenda 2063 and, most importantly, national plans.”

The Deputy Secretary-General warned that “the cost of inaction is high.” She said “poverty, weak institutions and gender inequality, including the abhorrent practices such as child marriage, are creating an environment ripe for extremism.”

She was joined for part of the mission by the Swedish Foreign Minister, Margot Wallström, who chaired today’s meeting.
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