General Statement in connection with action on draft resolution A/C.1/71/L.37 “Women, disarmament, non-proliferation and arms control.
I have the honour to make the following general statement with regard to draft resolution L.37 entitled “Women, disarmament, non-proliferation and arms control”. This statement is made on behalf of Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Montenegro, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States and my own country, the Netherlands.
As cosponsors, we attach great value to the resolution on women, disarmament, non-proliferation and arms control and we would like to express our gratitude to Trinidad and Tobago for their efforts on this resolution. Looking around this room today, it is safe to say that this resolution is still very relevant and necessary. In this light, we would like to offer some additional remarks.
Firstly, the key role that women play in all United Nations peace and security efforts was reaffirmed by Security Council resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security. In OP1 we are reminded that increased representation of women is needed at all decision-making levels in national, regional and international institutions and mechanisms for the prevention of conflicts. Disarmament is an integral part of conflict prevention. We further welcome the 2015 review of the implementation of resolution 1325 and UN Security Council Resolution 2242 (2015) that, for the first time, specifically encourages empowering women with the efforts related to the prevention, combating and eradication of the illicit transfer, and the destabilizing accumulation and misuse of small arms and light weapons.
Secondly, on January 1st of this year, the Sustainable Development Goals to which all United Nations member states committed themselves, officially came into force. We believe that these goals can serve as a reinforcement of our efforts to increase the role of women in the field of disarmament, non-proliferation and arms control.
All goals, and in particular SDG 5, stress that gender equality and women’s empowerment are crucial for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. Moreover, SDG 16 explicitly links the promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies to sustainable development. Disarmament plays a role in achieving this as this goal commits us among other things to reduce illicit arms flows significantly by 2030.
Thirdly, we welcome the adoption and entry into force of the Arms Trade Treaty and we encourage States that have not yet acceded to do so. The ATT obliges states parties making arms export assessments to take into account the risk of the arms being used to commit or facilitate serious acts of gender-based violence or serious acts of violence against women and children. Therefore, the ATT is highly relevant for the content of this resolution and should be appropriately referred to.
Let me once again emphasize our strong support for the role of women and a gender perspective in disarmament, non-proliferation and arms control and we would like to underline the importance of the inclusion of clear references to UN Security Council Resolution 1325, SDGs 5 and 16 as well as the Arms Trade Treaty in future resolutions on this topic.