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United Nations Security Council Open Debate on “Women, Peace and Security: Towards the 25th anniversary of resolution 1325”

Statement on behalf of 65 Member States of the Group of Friends of Women, Peace and Security

March 7, 2023 - New York

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Madam President,

I am pleased to speak on behalf of 65 Member StatesFootnote 1 of the Group of Friends of Women, Peace, and Security, an informal network representing all five regional groups of the UN, and the European Union.

We wish to thank Mozambique for creating this opportunity to take stock of progress made in implementing the Women, Peace and Security agenda as we near the 25th anniversary of Security Council resolution 1325.

Women and girls in many fragile and conflict-affected contexts have made clear that there remains a significant gap between the ambition of our WPS commitments and the realization of the full, equal and meaningful participation of women and girls in political, peace and security processes.

Regrettably, women and girls in many parts of the world continue to be excluded from decision-making and targeted by discrimination; sexual and gender-based violence, both offline and online; and multiple violations of their human rights and fundamental freedoms.

The full implementation of the WPS agenda in all its dimensions requires our urgent and concerted action. The Group of Friends reiterates our commitment to:

Madam President,

On the eve of International Women's Day, we commend Ms. Chiziane and all women peacebuilders who work tirelessly for justice, equality and peace. They inspire us to intensify our efforts to promote women and girls’ empowerment in international peace and security.

Thank you.

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