Statement by H.E. Ertugrul Apakan, Permanent Representative of Turkey, at the Open Debate on Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security

Ertuğrul Apakan 26.10.2010
Mr. President,

Let me thank you, Mr President, for organizing this high level open debate. I would like to commend the efforts of the Delegation of Uganda in the preparation of the Presidential Statement that we have adopted today.

We welcome the presence of the Ministers of Austria, USA, Japan as well as other Ministers and high level officials and civil society organizations present here today.

I wish to express our thanks to the Secretary General for his comprehensive report which contains valuable recommendations in addressing challenges regarding women, peace and security.

Taking this opportunity I wish to welcome Under-Secretary-General Bachelet and assure her of my country’s full support and cooperation.

Mr. President,

At the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the Security Council Resolution 1325, Turkey is strongly committed to the full implementation of the Security Council Resolution 1325 and three subsequent Resolutions on women, peace and security.

Since the adoption of the landmark Resolution 1325 in 2000, there has been progress across a broad range of issues for the protection and promotion of women’s and girls’ rights in conflict-affected situations. Thanks to the efforts of the international community, a strong understanding of the need for gender equality and women’s empowerment, as a prerequisite for international peace and security, is taking hold. In this context, I should commend the various UN entities’ efforts, as well as those of the NGOs and women’s organizations that are working selflessly to achieve the goals of the Resolutions 1325.

However, despite the progress achieved so far, we cannot fail to note that much remains to be done, particularly in the area of implementation. As today’s debate and the report of the Secretary General have shown us, many structural and institutional impediments remain which we should overcome in order to meet the challenges before us. We believe that urgent action is needed to protect and empower women.

Likewise, equally strong measures are needed to increase the participation of women in the work of peace, including post-conflict recovery efforts and peace processes since that will increase the effectiveness of these efforts. Indeed, we should not forget that women in post-conflict countries are not merely victims of war, but also, as underlined by the Secretary General, agents of change towards modernization and transformation.

Mr. President,

We have to redouble our efforts in the fight against impunity and targeted measures should be imposed against the perpetrators of sexual violence and rape. We believe that while tackling the issue of women’s security, we should move from “ad hoc” approaches towards a “systematic” one. To this end, the calls of resolutions 1325, 1820, 1888 and 1889 should all become a regular part of the work of this Council. The comprehensive set of indicators in the annex of the Report of the Secretary General are extremely useful in helping the UN and the Member States to assess the status of implementation and determine the actions needed to overcome the implementation challenges.

We are confident that the newly established UN Women, will further strengthen our work by helping the UN pursue its efforts in a more systemized and coordinated manner in the areas related to women, peace and security.

Mr. President,

We believe that gender equality and empowerment of women should be at the core of our efforts. The Millennium Development Goals, in particular Millennium Development Goal 3 namely ‘‘promoting gender equality and empowerment of women’’ will no doubt reinforce the implementation of the Resolution 1325.

The international community should review regularly implementation of MDG 3 and its commitments in this regard. UN should develop and adopt a comprehensive framework which includes agreed goals and time-bound targets and guidelines in the realization of gender equality and empowerment of women.

Mr. President,

I wish to conclude by underlining my country’s commitment for human rights of women all around the world. We wish to see women take their rightful place in the economic, social and political life of their societies. As Turkey, we are committed to this goal and thus we will continue our support for the implementation of all the resolutions on women, peace and security.

Thank you.