Strengthening cooperation in the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security is on the agenda at today's informal meeting of the Security Council, known as an Arria-formula meeting. Resolution 1325 is the first Security Council resolution to explicitly address the impact of armed conflict on women and girls and calls for greater participation by women in peacebuilding and conflict management.
Today's discussion in the Security Council was initiated by Switzerland, which seeks to foster closer cooperation between the Geneva-based Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and the UN Security Council in New York.
The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women has 189 states parties and requires countries to submit periodic reports on their implementation of the convention. CEDAW, the committee responsible for monitoring and implementation of the convention, adopted a recommendation on women in conflict prevention, conflict and post-conflict situations, which also addresses the issue of improving states parties' implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325. The recommendations focus on greater involvement of women in mediation processes, in preventing violent extremism and in the control of small arms. Today's meeting between Security Council members and representatives of CEDAW and civil society will discuss the options for improving cooperation on the implementation of Resolution 1325.
Switzerland's commitment to peace and security
Commitment to peace and security is one of the priorities of Switzerland’s Foreign Policy Strategy 2016–19. In line with the FDFA’s Human Rights Strategy, Switzerland shows particular concern for the protection, promotion and realisation of the rights of women.
Switzerland is working at both national and international levels to further the implementation of Resolution 1325. Within Switzerland, this is being done with the help of a National Action Plan. Internationally, Switzerland promotes the implementation of this important instrument via the UN Human Rights Council and in development cooperation, for example. Since 2012, Switzerland has already created multiple opportunities to strengthen cooperation in this area between members of the Security Council and CEDAW. For Switzerland, the opportunity to hold an Arria-formula meeting marks a high point in this long-term commitment to women's rights and underscores the importance of Geneva as the headquarters of important UN treaty bodies.
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