My delegation had the privilege of being aligned to the statement of the European Union on this agenda item and we endorse the statement just given by the Presidency of the EU. There is however one point in that statement that we want to magnify and expand on.
Norway has a consistent and long term strategy for peacebuilding. In this respect we are contributing approx USD 30 mill (NOK 200 mill) to the Peacebuilding Fund. A vital part of our strategy is the fulfilment and advancement of the provisions in Security Council resolution 1325 (2000) to ensure women’s involvement in conflict resolution and peacebuilding. So much so that my Government on 8 March, the International Women’s day, launched a national action plan on the implementation of this resolution. The Norwegian Government intends to intensify its efforts to increase women’s participation in peacebuilding activities as well as to strengthen women’s rights in conflict and post conflict areas.
The EU is calling for a strong gender capacity within the Peacebuilding Support Office. My delegation wholeheartedly supports this position. The success of the Peacebuilding Support Office and the Peacebuilding Commission will to a large extent hinge on the ability to integrate in their work women’s interests and rights as spelled out in Res. 1325.
Women are in many instances excluded from peace and reconciliation processes. We still have a long way to go before the significance of gender equality is fully understood and gender perspectives are fully integrated into our efforts to promote peace, security and development. Full gender mainstreaming in UN operations and activities will require that the Organisation has the appropriate in-house competence. We wish to pursue this issue further in the informal consultations, including the issue of establishing a gender adviser position in the Peacebuilding Support Office.
In addition to ensuring sufficient gender competence in the Peacebuilding Support Office, we will also seek to ensure that, when the positions in the Peacebuilding Support Office are filled, gender balance is adhered to on all levels, including and in particular among the senior management positions. Our organization need women in its leadership!
Thank you, Mr. Chairman.