Intervention by H.E. Ambassador Katalin Annamária Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the UN at the Open debate of the Security Council on Women, Peace and Security on Tuesday, 25 October 2016.
Your Excellency, Mr. President,
Honorable members of the Security Council, and Dear Colleagues,
Hungary fully aligns itself with the statement delivered by the European Union.
The issues on the Women, Peace, and Security Agenda are interrelated and interconnected and must be addressed as such. For effective implementation of the WPS framework at the national and international level, close and comprehensive cooperation is needed among institutions and governments.
Hungary welcomes the launching of the WPS Focal Points Network and we hope that it will effectively assist Member States to implement the WPS Agenda. Hungary has already engaged in an inter-ministerial coordination process to review how its national contribution could be improved, and has established a WPS National Focal Point within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
In order to successfully implement a holistic approach, we need to use all tools available within the UN system. We need actionable recommendations on WPS matters, not only from the Security Council, but also from the treaty bodies, such as the CEDAW Committee. Additionally, we should find ways to use the Universal Periodic Review to accelerate its further implementation. Linking the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with the WPS framework can also further its implementation.
Here, I would like to express my sincere thanks to H.E. Ban Ki Moon for his tireless efforts shown in the last 10 years in furthering the WPS Agenda.
Hungary strongly supports the efforts to increase women’s meaningful participation at all stages and levels of peace processes.
We also encourage Member States to support women’s engagement in local, national, and global decision-making structures, including participation of women in electoral processes.
Women are strong constituencies for peace: Women participated in Colombian peace negotiations and mediation efforts in Burundi and Uganda. Recently we heard of UN Goodwill Ambassador Nadia Murad’s harrowing struggle to survive, as a Yazidi woman in the ISIS-occupied part of Iraq, the most horrendous crimes possible. Nadia is not only a survivor, but also has become a forceful advocate in the fight for justice and peace.
These examples should inspire us to create mechanisms that enable women’s participation in conflict resolution and peace.
Nadia’s story highlights the need for women’s substantive participation in conflict prevention and in countering violent extremism, at the local, national, and international level. In this spirit, Hungary, within the framework of its international development cooperation strategy, financed a gender-based training workshop in Kenya.
In conflict-affected areas, women play a key role in ensuring family livelihoods in the midst of chaos, and are particularly active in community building and peace movements at the grassroots level. However, these women-led organizations are noticeably fewer or even absent in formal peace processes. We hope to see that the important role civil society and women-led organizations play in peace processes are recognized.
Similarly, women’s increased participation in peacekeeping missions is of utmost importance. Their contribution could be particularly useful in designing and implementing strategies for the protection of civilians and humanitarian assistance. We are deeply disturbed by the recent report of the Secretary-General, which suggests that despite all our efforts and pledges, the overall share of women’s participation in UN peace and security efforts, including post-conflict governance and peacekeeping, is stagnating, or even regressing. Here, I personally would like to express my hope that the next Secretary-General H.E Mr. Guterres, will also make improvement in this area his personal quest and accelerate progress in achieving gender balance in staffing at headquarters and in the field missions as well. Hungary pledges, at the national level, to identify and deploy female military experts and police officers to UN peacekeeping and EU CSDP missions.
The Security Council should also continue to promote women’s participation and gender mainstreaming, as part of inclusive peacebuilding processes and post-conflict recovery efforts. Mr. President,
We not only want women to be present in the decision-making and at the negotiation tables because it is just, but we want them to be included because history has shown that women’s participation is vital to peacebuilding and to the creation of peaceful and inclusive societies.
Thank you for your attention.