Remarks by the Political Coordinator Arian Spasse at the Security Council open debate on Women, Peace and Security

New York, 25 October 2023

Thank you, Mr. President.

I would like to start by thanking the Secretary General for his comprehensive presentation. Albania strongly supports your work and efforts to advance the WPS agenda globally.

I also thank today’s briefers, Ms. Bahous, Ms. Egger, Ms. De Oliveira and Ms. Al-Karib for their remarks and for helping us to better understand the current implementation stage and challenges of the WPS agenda.

Mr. President,

We have made remarkable progress in the field of WPS. However, the road from theory to practice remains a bumpy one. The report of the SG shows that women continue to be regularly excluded from peace processes, including in the prevention and resolution of conflicts, peacebuilding, and peacekeeping while impunity for atrocities against women and girls continues to be prevalent.

Women’s unique experiences as leaders and agents of change provide essential perspectives in conflict resolution, peacebuilding, and post-conflict reconstruction. Wherever women take part in a peace process, peace lasts longer.

Concerted efforts are needed to bridge the gap and ensure the meaningful participation of women in international peace and security processes. To this end, I would like to emphasize 3 points:

First, Governments and organizations must align their practices with the UN Security Council resolution 1325 (2000) and subsequent resolutions, and establish adequate institutional mechanisms to translate theory into effective implementation.

Second, we need transformative change to challenge societal norms and business models to eliminate discriminatory practices and ensure equal access to opportunities for women at all levels.

Third, at the UN we need to encourage and increase the number of gender-sensitive trainings for all UN Peacekeeping missions’ components to create a friendly environment for women and mitigate the occurrence of gender-based violence and sexual exploitation acts against women in contingents.

Albania strongly supports the Secretary General`s goal for a radical shift in women`s participation in peacemaking, peacekeeping, and peacebuilding over the next year.

Mr. President,

We need to give civil society a voice that is heard in the UN Security Council. We need to work more in bringing the work of women at the grassroots level to the WPS Agenda.

As a member of the WPS Shared Commitments, and as a SC member who has walked the talk during its presidencies of the Council, Albania remains committed to amplifying women’s voices and following up on the recommendations of civil society addressed to the Security Council.

In this context, I would like to evoke the recommendations of Ms. Bennoune, Ms. Modi and Ms. Juan on the situation of women and girls respectively in Afghanistan, DRC and South Sudan, calling for protection from gender persecution, protection from all forms of sexual violence ad inclusion of women in peacebuilding initiatives.

Mr. President,

Allow me to underline that the Albanian Government has put a clear focus on policies that aim at boosting women’s meaningful engagement in public life. According to the 2023 “Women in Politics” global map developed by UN Women and Inter Parliamentary Union, Albania ranks 1st for the share of women cabinet ministers, and 42nd for the percentage of women in Parliament, representing an improvement of 12 positions in comparison to year 2021. Albanian women’s representation in politics today is above the EU average.

Albania’s ranking in the Global Gender Gap Index has also continuously and significantly improved. The World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report of year 2023 ranked Albania 17th out of 146 countries.

Mr. President,

As we move closer to the end of our mandate in the Security Council and this is the last annual Open Debate on WPS for us, I want to reiterate that WPS has been one of our main priorities in the Council. We have done our best to ensure that the WPS agenda is fully and meaningfully integrated into all aspects of the Council’s work including by prioritizing the meaningful and safe participation of women civil society briefers in the Council.

We have the privilege to serve as coordinator of the Shared Commitments Initiative for 2023 and to work closely with other like-minded countries who believe in the transformative power of the WPS agenda to enable the Security Council to fully realize its mandate to maintain international peace and security.

Thank you!

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