Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security, October 2006

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

The sixth Open Debate, held under the presidency of Japan, the Security Council recognized the vital roles of, and contributions by women in consolidating peace. The Council requested “the Secretary-General to collect and compile good practices, lessons learned and identify remaining gaps and challenges in order to further promote the efficient and effective implementation of resolution 1325.” The Security Council also reiterated its deep concern concerned about the pervasiveness of “all forms of violence against women in armed conflict, including killing, maiming, grave sexual violence, abductions and trafficking in persons.” The Council called upon all parties to armed conflict “to ensure full and effective protection of women, and emphasizes the necessity to end impunity of those responsible for gender-based violence.” The Council also welcomed the second follow-up report on the System-Wide Action Plan. During the Open Debate, the Council heard from two female civil society speakers from conflict affected countries on the Council's agenda.

Source: NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security/ UNIFEM Statements were given at the open debate by Argentina, China, Congo, Denmark, France, Ghana,Greece,Japan, Peru, Qatar, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Tanzania, United Kingdom, United States, Australia, Bangladesh,Canada, Comoros, Colombia,Croatia,Egypt, El Salvador, Fiji, Finland (for EU), Germany,Guatemala,Guinea, Iceland, Indonesia,Israel, Kenya, Lesotho (for SADC),Liechtenstein, Myanmar, Netherlands, Norway, Papua New Guinea (for Pacific Islands Forum), Slovenia (for Human Security Network), South Africa, Spain, Sudan, Sweden, OSAGI, DPKO, UNIFEM, PBSO, Dushirehamwe Association (Burundi), and East Timorese Women's Network (Timor-Leste)



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