The debate was convened by Russian Federation during its presidency in the Security Council in October 2016 to consider progress made in implementing commitments made by Member States, regional organizations and the United Nations in relation to the High-level Review on Women, Peace and Security from October 2015, as well as the future steps to advance WPS agenda.

Speakers included: H.E. Ban Ki-Moon, UN Secretary General, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Under-Secretary-General/Executive Director of Un Women and Rita Lopidia, Executive Director and Co-founder of EVE Organisation for Women Development from South Sudan.

In our statement we emphasized the crucial role of civil society, including women’s lead organizations and organizations for women, which often are the major agents of change, contributing to international peace and security. We also highlighted that it’s the primary responsibility of Member States to ensure women’s full participation in the conflict resolution and peacebuilding.


The full text of the statement:

Excellencies, Distinguished Participants, ladies and gentlemen,


Let me begin by thanking the Russian delegation for organizing this timely debate. Poland aligns itself with the statement delivered/to be delivered by the European Union. I would like to take this opportunity to share with you some additional remarks in my national capacity.


Mr. President,


In a year after the comprehensive review of UN peace operations, the peacebuilding architecture, and the implementation of UNSC Resolution 1325 (2000) on women, peace and security, concrete commitments were made to advance women’s rights, in particular in terms of their political participation and leadership in conflict and post conflict situations. Yet, there is still a lot to be done to strengthen women’s role in conflict prevention, peace negotiations, and peace making processes.


Mr. President,


Since it’s a primary responsibility of Member States to implement the commitments and obligations under the WPS agenda into national policies and legislative framework, let me reassure you that Poland remains committed to the promotion of women’s meaningful participation in all stages of peace processes at its 3 dimensions: political, institutional and financial.


As far as political engagement is concerned, Poland has been participating in the UNSC open debates on Women, Peace and Security and we have cosponsored many of the resolutions related to this issue, including the most recent resolution 2242 which provides a clear roadmap for the implementation of WPS framework. We commend the work of the Informal Group of Experts on WPS and we are convinced that its establishment will contribute to further enhance coordination for gender mainstreaming in peacebuilding and peacekeeping missions.


In terms of our institutional involvement, we have appointed a Focal Point on WPS. Poland  participated in the the foundational meeting of the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) National Focal Points Network that took place at the margins of the UN General Assembly’s General Debate and we commend Spain, Canada, Chile, Japan, Namibia and the United Arab Emirates for their timely initiative. We look forward to upcoming meetings of the Network which we are sure will provide platform of exchange of good practices in the field of WPS. We are also working on the National Action Plan on the implementation of the UNSCR 1325, which will enable us to better comply with our obligations under WPS agenda.


Last but not least, we have also decided to earmark a minimum of 15 percent of all our future funding for the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund for gender responsive policies, including those addressing special needs of women in post conflict situations, as we believe that a predictable funding mechanism is vital for the effective implementation of WPS agenda.


Mr. President,


Apart from the Member States responsibilities to advance Women, peace and security agenda, we also have to acknowledge the role of the civil society organizations, including women human rights defenders and women-led NGOs, as they play a crucial role at all levels of conflict prevention, decision-making, mediation and post conflict resolution. We are convinced that a close collaboration between governments and civil society can significantly scale up the implementation of the WPS agenda.


Mr. President,


Let me conclude by highlighting the fact, that women are amongst the most vulnerable victims in war and conflict situations, yet they are also often the ones that trigger peace mechanisms. As the examples from Liberia or Colombia show, women’s movements are often the major agents of change, contributing to international peace and security. This is our moral obligation to enable their full participation in the conflict resolution and peacebuilding.


I thank you.

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