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UNSC adopts VN-drafted resolution on women, peace

VNA 06/10/2009 - The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has adopted a resolution drafted by Vietnam that calls for the international community and member states to ensure women have full participation in all stages of conflict settlement and post-conflict reconstruction.

The approval was made at the UNSC’s open debate on women, peace and security in New York on Oct. 5, which marked the beginning of Vietnam ’s rotating presidency of the 15-member council in October for the second time after the first in July 2008.

The Vietnam-drafted resolution, known as Resolution 1889, states that all parties concerned in armed conflicts have to observe the rights of women and should condemn all violations of international law regarding the rights and protection of women and girls.

The resolution calls on the UN Secretary-General to develop a strategy to increase the number of women appointed to positions within the UN apparatus.

It also encourages member states, UN agencies and social organisations to ensure an equal access to education for women and girls during the post-conflict period.

In 2000, the UNSC adopted Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security which is aimed at protecting women and children, who are the most vulnerable and most heavily affected in conflicts and wars. The resolution also aims to promote the implementation of the council’s primary responsibility of maintaining international peace and security.

While chairing the open debate, Vietnam ’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Gia Khiem cited Vietnam ’s experiences in dealing with the multi-sided war consequences and promoting national development as well as the rights of women and children.

Khiem said measures to protect the rights of women and girls must be combined with the promotion of their role in ending conflicts and in post-conflict reconstruction.

The early integration of their priorities into the reconstruction efforts will create favourable preconditions for the coherent and long-term implementation of necessary measures, he said.

Khiem noted that the reconstruction process requires comprehensive efforts to meet people’s basic needs for food, housing, health-care, education, dealing with psychological shocks, restoration of infrastructure and consolidation of social institutions, including the important role of the family.

The State and society need to pay full attention to both civilian women and those having served in armed forces or been involved in military activities.

The UN system has a special role to play in conflict settlement and post-conflict reconstruction as mandated by the member countries. It has gained experience and knowledge in various fields, the deputy PM added.

He went on to say that “As a nation having experienced untold losses caused by the wars, Vietnam always supports the common efforts of the international community in preventing wars and protecting peace.”

“This is also the consistent guiding principle of Vietnam in its participation in the work of the UN Security Council. With that spirit, we are ready to share experience and play an active role in the undertaking that we discuss today.”/.

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