13 Oct

H.E. Ambassador Katalin Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the United Nations delivered an intervention at the Security Council open debate on the High-Level Review of Security Council Resolution 1325 on 13 October 2015.

Your Excellency, Mr. President,
Honorable members of the Security Council, Dear Colleagues,

I wish to thank Spain and Prime Minister Rajoy for his leadership in organizing today’s high-level debate on the review of Security Council Resolution 1325.

Hungary strongly supported the adoption of UN Security Resolution 1325 on „Women, peace and security” and the subsequent resolutions on this topic. During the last 15 years, numerous initiatives and actions have been launched in order to enhance the effective participation of women in peace processes as well as their empowerment in peace-making and post conflict situations.

Hungary fully aligns itself with the common pledges on the implementation of Security Council resolution 1325 (2000) on women, peace and security delivered by the European Union.

In addition, Hungary pledges at the national level to identify and deploy female military experts, officers and police officers to UN peacekeeping and EU CSDP missions.

We also commit to strengthen all efforts at justice and accountability. In this context, we support the inclusion of gross violations of women’s human rights and other forms of gender‐based crimes including those committed by extremist groups in UN sanctions committees and bilateral sanctions.

We will also contribute to international initiatives aimed at combating sexual violence in conflicts, particularly against women and girls, and support projects aimed eliminating all forms of such crimes.

Mr Chair, Your Excellencies,

Hungary is entirely committed to the efforts of international community aimed at the full implementation of the Resolutions concerned. In this spirit Hungary financed on a bilateral basis a gender based training workshop in Kenya aimed at development of the security sector (9.100 USD) within the framework of our international development cooperation strategy.

We also supported UN Women’s programs in the Western Balkans on „Advancing the Implementation of UN SCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security“(10.000 USD) and in Kenya on “Improving Security and Enhancing Leadership for Crisis Affected Women and Girls” (15.000 USD). Hungary also contributed to the construction of a secondary school for girls in Zaman Khel, in Afghanistan (109.000 EURO).

Honorable Members of the Security Council, Dear Collegues,

Despite the remarkable progress made over the last 15 years, significant challenges remain which hinder progress towards achieving peace and security for all.

When speaking about women’s participation in settlements of conflicts, we cannot but underline that the phenomenon of sexual violence in conflicts is one of the cruelest forms of discrimination against women and girls. Crimes of such cruelty and of such damaging and devastating impact must be prevented by all means. Furthermore, we must concert our efforts to ensure that such crimes never go unpunished. This responsibility lies with all of us, without exception.

Hungary fully shares the view that the international community must not tolerate sexual violence, whatever its expression and wherever it takes place. We believe that by uniting our efforts, we can definitely combat the phenomenon of sexual violence in conflict situations, emergencies and humanitarian crises.

Hungary declared its commitment to the cause of preventing sexual violence and joined at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict held in London last year, and endorsed the Communiqué on the Call to Action to End Violence against Women and Girls in Emergencies.

In co-operation with the Hungarian Baptist Aid - a renowned organisation that has gathered vast experience in co-operating with military peacekeeping forces in fighting sexual violence and in handling the consequences of such vicious acts – Hungary contributed to the project aimed at the education of women and girls in Baghlan province, Afghanistan.

I thank you for your attention.

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