Statement by Jean-Yves Le Drian – UN – Open Debate on Women, Peace, and Security hosted by the French UN Security Council presidency (27 October 2017)

I welcome today’s Security Council debate on the Women, Peace, and Security agenda, particularly with respect to women’s contributions to conflict resolution and ending crises in an enduring manner. This agenda is crucial in taking the role of women into account in conflict and post-conflict situations. I want to speed up its implementation.

France is working relentlessly for better recognition of the situation of women in conflicts: to respond to specific threats facing them, but also to protect them and ensure their participation in building peace.

Since the adoption of resolution 1325 in 2000, the Security Council has adopted an additional seven resolutions relating to this agenda. It has become an essential subject in work by the Council, UN institutions, and peacekeeping operations.

It is our collective responsibility to ensure more active participation by women in political processes, peace negotiations, and conflict resolution and prevention. I will continue to personally follow this issue in conjunction with our partners and civil society.

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