Statement by Minister / Sameh Shoukry
Foreign Minister of the Arab Republic of Egypt
In the debate session held by the Spanish Presidency
On the occasion of the ongoing review of
Security Council resolution 1325
On women, peace and security
His Excellency the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Spain,
Mr. Secretary-General of the United Nations,
Highnesses and Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I would like at the outset to express my sincere gratitude to the Kingdom of Spain and the Spanish Prime Minister - who is presiding over this meeting - for taking the initiative to convene this meeting on "Women, Peace and Security," to coincide with the passage of 15 years since the adoption of Security Council Resolution 1325, and for the invitation to participate in this meeting.
I would also like to thank the secretary-general of the United Nations for his efforts to shed light on this important issue, especially through his latest report. This report paid particular attention to addressing the lack of funding and the selectivity in directing water resources, as well as the direct links between development issues, including those related to the need to support national efforts to achieve the aspirations of the peoples, and to provide the necessary protection for women during armed conflicts and their aftermath.
Egypt also supports the call of the secretary-general of the United Nations to strengthen the role of women in the framework of United Nations peacekeeping operations and in its efforts to mediate and settle disputes.
We have felt - while addressing issues related to resolution 1325 - a lack of attention to key issues relating to this decision, such as the suffering of women under foreign occupation, as well as overlooking the consequences of the exaggerated linking of international human rights law and international humanitarian law which weakens available protection mechanisms in times of peace and war, and leads to the politicisation of issues related to these two bodies of law and the lack of clarity in the obligations associated with them. In addition, national sovereignty considerations have been ignored, as well as respect for national legislation and priorities of policy and executive programs. Instead, there is reliance on informal data and studies that are inaccurate in evaluating the achievement of objectives associated with women, peace and security.
Terrorism is a threat to peace and security, just like armed conflicts afflicting different countries and regions around the world. In fact, in many cases it has become part of those conflicts, and is a threat that is increasingly confronting our communities, and hinders the ability of States to achieve their aspirations for growth and prosperity. Terrorism threatens society as a whole, and women represent one of the most vulnerable groups. It is an issue we will accord proper attention through our upcoming non-permanent Security Council membership, through the Council's meetings and decisions that are held and issued to complement resolution 1325.
Egypt attaches great importance to women's issues and their pivotal role in peacekeeping and peace building. This interest and concern emanates from Egypt's efforts to support and promote the status of women in various fields, and is consistent with Egypt's comprehensive vision to enable women on all levels. Egypt has supported the goals and perspectives of Security Council resolution 1325 since its adoption in 2000, due to its important implications for women's issues during and after armed conflicts - support which took several forms at the regional and international levels.
Not only that, but the Egyptian National Council for Women has formulated and developed a national plan to follow-up on the implementation of Security Council resolution 1325, in the framework of Egypt's active role in the settlement of international disputes. In this way, Egypt is one of 17 African countries that drafted a similar national plan. In addition to that, over the past fifteen years since the adoption of the resolution, Egypt has held a number of events, including the regional workshop on "The Road to Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace And Security ... Future Prospects," and the regional forum on Security Council Resolution 1325, "Women...Peace... Security." Moreover, the National Council for Women in collaboration with the Arab Women's Organization, the League of Arab States and the United Nations drafted the regional strategy, "The Protection of Arab Women: Peace and Security."
Egypt has paid special attention to the issues of training and capacity building. The Cairo Center for Conflict Resolution and Peacekeeping in Africa organized seven training courses, two train the trainer sessions, and a workshop. All these events were devoted to the preparation of cadres and the exchange of experiences on the implementation of resolution 1325 under the title "Integrating Gender in the Field of Peacekeeping and Peace-building" during the period from 2013 to 2015. Also, five additional training courses will be held in the same field until June 2016.
Finally, I once again express my gratitude for the invitation to hold this important meeting, which we were keen to participate in, in the framework of Egypt's support for the efforts of the United Nations, and particularly the Security Council, to strengthen the role and status of women. In the context of its tireless efforts to maintain international peace and security, Egypt is keen to follow up on such efforts regionally and internationally,