20 years after the adoption of resolution 1325, this is no time for celebration. [fr]
OPEN DEBATE – WOMEN, PEACE AND SECURITY
“WOMEN, PEACE AND SECURITY: 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION 1325 (2000) – TOWARDS BETTER IMPLEMENTATION.”
STATEMENT BY MR. NICOLAS DE RIVIERE
PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF FRANCE TO THE UNITED NATIONS
AT THE SECURITY COUNCIL
= Translation from French =
New York, 29 October 2020
I thank the Secretary-General and all the other speakers for their presentations.
I would like to commend Russia for making women’s rights a priority of its presidency of the Security Council.
Twenty years after the adoption of resolution 1325, we are still far from achieving the goals set. This is no time for celebration.
Progress has been undermined by a succession of crises, of which women are the systematic victims. Backtracking is a constant threat in every conflict or crisis, including the current pandemic. The time has passed from acknowledgement to action. The Security Council must not tolerate any regression. That is why it is essential to preserve each and every one of our resolutions and, above all, to work together to implement them.
Although women are often key players in crisis response, they are still insufficiently present in all peace and post-crisis processes. Progress has been made: in Afghanistan, Yemen, Libya, Mali and the Democratic Republic of the Congo in particular. But negotiators and mediators do not have the place they deserve. Let’s be honest. The breeding ground exists. It just needs to be used. This is why France finances training for civilian and military women, in conjunction with the Department of Peace Operations, UN Women and the International Organisation of the Francophonie.
At the same time, we must pursue determined action against the scourge of sexual and gender-based violence. The prevention of such violence is not a choice but a requirement. This violence must be repressed.
Access to sexual and reproductive rights and health is hampered and the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the difficulties. We regret the politicisation of these issues, which leads to losing sight of the best interests of women and girls. France condemns all sexist, misogynistic or homophobic discourse and supports actions in favour of victims through a significant contribution to the Global Fund for Survivors of Sexual Violence created by Dr. Mukwege and Ms. Murad.
The implementation of Resolution 1325 requires an effort from everyone. That is why national action plans are so important. France is finalizing its third plan. It has strengthened the integration of gender issues in its humanitarian and development aid in order to provide targeted support to women in conflict and post-conflict situations. France will launch a €120 million fund this year to support women’s organisations, particularly in developing countries.
Finally, I would like to recall that France will host, in partnership with Mexico and UN Women, the Generation Equality Forum in June 2021. On this occasion, a “Women, Peace and Security” compact will be launched in order to build on existing commitments and raise new funding.
France pays tribute to all feminists and human rights defenders around the world and will continue to make the full implementation of the Women, Peace and Security resolutions a major focus of its action in the Security Council.