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

Halit Çevik 30.11.2012
Mr. President,

Allow me to congratulate India for the successful Presidency in the month of November and let me thank you for organizing today’s open debate.
I wish to express our thanks to the Secretary General for his comprehensive report.
We appreciate the Presidential Statement that was adopted at the end of last month.
Taking this opportunity, I also wish to thank Under-Secretary-General Bachelet and assure her of my country’s full support and cooperation.

Mr. President,
Since the adoption of the landmark Resolution 1325 in 2000, thanks to the efforts of the international community, including NGOs and women’s organizations, 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.
However, as today’s debate has shown us, many obstacles still remain. We agree with the recommendations in the report of the Secretary-General, which guide us towards particular areas where we can do more and better.

In this context, I would like to highlight three aspects in my intervention today.
First is the valuable role that women can play in mediation. As co-chairs of the Group of Friends of Mediation, Turkey, together with Finland, endeavoured to make sure that the first-ever UN resolution on mediation last year reflected the main elements of Resolution 1325 and subsequent resolutions on Women, Peace and Security.
Second is conflict-related violence against women. As a way of tackling this problem, we believe the Security Council should ensure, as appropriate, that ceasefire agreements include sexual violence in their definitions. On this occasion, we would like to welcome the publication of the Guidance for Mediators on Addressing Conflict-Related Sexual Violence in Ceasefire and Peace Agreements, and encourage its increased utilization.

Third is the interface between security and development and the role women can play in this respect. As we embark upon a process to develop a set of sustainable development goals for post-2015, we believe that gender equality and empowerment of women should be at the center of all our solutions and commitments. This will also help further our agenda on women, peace and security.

Before concluding, I would like underline the valuable contribution of UN Women in pursuing UN’s gender-related efforts in a more systematic and coordinated manner. This is evident also in the women, peace and security agenda. In this respect, we welcome the joint strategy on gender and mediation launched by UN-Women and the Department of Political Affairs. We also commend the 7-point Action Plan on Gender-Responsive Peacebuilding spearheaded by UN WOMEN and the UN Peacebuilding Support Office.

Mr. President,
I wish to conclude by underlining my country’s commitment to the full implementation of the Security Council Resolution 1325 and the four subsequent Resolutions on women, peace and security.

Thank you.