New York, NY – Ahead of the fifteenth anniversary of the adoption of resolution 1325 in October 2015, the UAE Mission to the United Nations worked to promote Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda within the UN community and beyond. These activities included convening experts to further debates on the topic and publishing the findings of those discussions; contributing to UN efforts to support the WPS agenda; and participating in related Open Debates at the Security Council.
As part of the annual High-Level Review of Resolution 1325 (2000), the Security Council unanimously adopted resolution 2242 (2015) on 13 October, which was co-sponsored by 72 Member States, including the UAE. The resolution aims to address implementation gaps through practical actions in several areas, including countering violent extremism and terrorism, improving the Security Council’s working methods, and implementing gender recommendations made by the High-Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations and the Global Study on the Implementation of Security Council resolution 1325. Following the adoption of resolution 2242, Ambassador Lana Nusseibeh, Permanent Representative of the UAE to the UN, delivered an intervention at the High-Level Open Debate.
On 14 October 2015, Ambassador Lana Nusseibeh led UN Women’s pledging conference for the Global Study on the Implementation of Security Council resolution 1325 (2000), in cooperation with Canada, Chile, Ireland, Japan, and Namibia. The study was launched by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Nobel laureate and Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee, Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, and the study’s lead author Radhika Coomaraswamy. At the conference, Member States announced financial contributions to support the recommendations made in the Global Study. At the pledging conference, Ambassador Nusseibeh announced the UAE’s contribution of $500,000 to UN Women to counter extremism within the context of Women, Peace and Security.
From September 2014 to May 2015, the UAE Mission to the UN hosted the UAE Panel Series on Women, Peace and Security, in partnership with the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security (GIWPS) and UN Women. The Panel Series aimed to inform the Global Study on the Implementation of Security Council resolution 1325 (2000) by exploring emerging issues in the field of women, peace and security.
The Panel Series examined topics such as the role of women in countering violent extremism, utilizing modern technology in peacekeeping operations to better protect women and girls, the role women play in mitigating the impacts of climate change, the transformative impact of transitional justice on the lives of women, gender-responsive humanitarian intervention, UN review processes and recognizing women as central actors in development and security efforts.
Panel discussions highlighted the contributions women make in international peace and security efforts, and confirmed that empowering and including women in inclusive peacebuilding creates functional, just, and stable societies. In bringing together academic experts, civil society activists, donor agencies, UN entities, Member States, and others, the series underscored the interrelated nature of these issues, as well as the need for greater cross-sector collaboration.
Following the conclusion of the Panel Series, the UAE Mission and GIWPS produced a joint publication, highlighting this series of breakthrough policy dialogues. With the goal of shaping public discourse, raising awareness, and mobilizing UN Member States on solutions to preventing and resolving conflict, GIWPS and the Mission brought together key stakeholders from a variety of different disciplines and sectors.
For full text of the joint publication, is available here: https://www.un.int/uae/sites/www.un.int/files/United%20Arab%20Emirates/uae_giwps_publication_2015.pdf