Statement by H.E. Ambassador Ertuğrul Apakan, Permanent Representative of the Mission of Turkey to the United Nations, at Security Council Meeting on Women, Peace and Security

Ertuğrul Apakan 27.04.2010
Mr. President,

I would first like to thank the Special Representative Ms. Wallström and Special Adviser Ms.Mayanja, for their extensive and thought-provoking briefings. I also wish to congratulate Ms. Wallström for her appointment as the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict and reiterate our support for her mandate.

Rape and sexual violence continues to be the most unfortunate consequences of conflict. We should do everything possible to counter that scourge. Undoubtedly the appointment of the SRSG and the introduction of new mechanisms by Resolution 1888, constituted a sound base for the UN to pursue its efforts to combat the threat against women and girls in conflict situations. Indeed, the impunity should end, women must be empowered in a broader sense, leaderships should be mobilized and awareness must be raised. Finally we must ensure a more coherent response system from the UN.

Having heard Ms. Wallström's remarks, our conviction is even stronger that there is an urgent need to boost the efforts of the UN membership to fully implement Resolutions 1820 and 1888. Today's meeting not only allows us to take stock of the developments on this important subject, but also sends the message to the international community at large that this issue is high on the agenda of the Council and that we are determined to follow through on our commitments. I would therefore once again thank the Japanese Presidency for organizing this timely meeting.

Mr. President,

Although the momentum gained with the adoption of resolutions 1888 and 1889 is promising and despite the renewed commitment of all stakeholders ahead of the 10th anniversary of the landmark Resolution 1325, there remain formidable challenges before the full realization of the goals inherent in those resolutions.

Indeed, as SRSG Wallstorm pointed out, there is still lot more to do in order to be able to claim that women in conflict situations enjoy the safety and prosperity they need to fully participate in peacebuilding efforts in their societies. The gaps mentioned by Ms. Wallström are particularly worrying. We strongly support the five-point agenda she has outlined.

In this regard, we highly appreciate the recent work of the Secretariat, under the auspices of Ms. Mayanja, in developing the indicators to track the implementation of Resolution 1325. We believe that these indicators will be 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.

Now, as we continue further developing these indicators, the requirement of necessary data collection, finding the right balance between the quantitative and the qualitative indicators, and the need to take into account the special circumstances of each conflict emerge as important issues to be dealt with in the months ahead.

To this end, the continuation of consultations with the wider UN membership will certainly help us reach consensus on an agreed set of indicators, and thus ensure a sense of broad ownership that will strengthen and facilitate implementation. In that respect, we believe the 10th anniversary of Resolution 1325 presents an excellent opportunity to further galvanize this process in the right direction.

Mr.President,

Before concluding I would like to touch upon two specific points within the context of the resolutions on women, peace and security, which, I believe, call for particular attention.

The first pertains to the parallel work going on in the context of Resolutions 1820 and 1888. As we see it, both resolutions are designed to advance the broader women, peace and security reflected in Resolution 1325. Therefore, we believe that the work on both fronts should be considered as integral parts of the same whole, and we look forward to the SRSG to support this approach. After all, our efforts to address sexual violence will be most effective if a holistic approach is adopted and the issues of participation, protection and prevention are addressed comprehensively.

The second point I would like to make is the need to increase further awareness in the wider international community about the four resolutions that the Council has adopted on women, peace and security issues. To this end, we believe that we should make better use of the role that the parliamentarians could play in advancing the goals of these resolutions. Indeed, it is rather unfortunate that the implementation of such important resolutions is left to the Defence or Foreign Ministries alone. We must thus enlarge the ownership of these resolutions and engage parliamentarians in this endeavour.

Mr. President,

The months ahead of us in the run up to the 10th anniversary of resolution 1325 provides ample opportunity to translate these words into deeds in order to ensure basic and human rights of women all around the world. Turkey is fully committed to this goal and here I would like to reiterate once again our continued support for the implementation of all the resolutions on women, peace and security.

Thank you Mr. President.