Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the UN, United States

Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security

Statement by H.E. Karel J.G. van Oosterom, Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the United Nations. NEW YORK, 25 October 2016


Thank you ( spaziba) Mr. President, for organizing this open debate and thank you for the opportunity to speak on behalf of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

The Kingdom of the Netherlands aligns itself with the statements made by the EU and the statement of Candada on behalf of the Group of Friends on Women, Peace and Security.

In addition, we fully support the statement made by Italy, in the light of our cooperation related to our upcoming split term in the Security Council.

Together with Italy, we will continue our sustained efforts to put gender at the heart of peace and security and encourage other countries to join us.

Mr. President, allow me to focus on three topics:

The Dutch vision on Women, Peace and Security;

The intergration of 1325 in our foreign and security policies;

And finally, on the importance of National Action plans.

(2.Dutch vision and support for Informal Expert Group)

The Kingdom of the Netherlands is a strong supporter of the Women, Peace and Security agenda.

As the Global Study has shown us, our focus should be on putting the normative framework we have built together over the past 15 years into practice.

The Kingdom of the Netherlands is convinced that the only way to achieve sustainable peace is by the meaningful inclusion of women in conflict prevention, resolution, mediation and peace processes.

We promote the engagement of women and men in changing power relationships and gender norms in support of a more inclusive society.

We believe that the way forward is to take our ‘best practices’ and turn them into ‘standard practices’.

For the inclusion of women in peace processes should be the rule rather than the exception.

We welcome the establishment of the Informal Expert Group on Women, Peace and Security to the Security Council, as a result of resolution 2242.

We support the regular participation of civil society in this group, and we hope the Group will continue to prove its added value to the implementation of the WPS- agenda.

(3.Dutch twin-track strategy: integration of 1325 in foreign and security policies)  

The Netherlands uses a twin-track strategy to implement the Women, Peace and Security agenda.

The first track is the integration of the principles of resolution 1325 into all aspects of our foreign and security policy.

One example is the joint Spanish-Dutch ‘Gender in Operations’ training initiative.

This training contributes to the effectiveness of peace missions and crisis management by teaching diplomats and military personnel on gender and human rights issues.

Another example relates to the MONUSCO and MINUSMA missions.

The Kingdom of the Netherlands has made available senior gender experts to these missions in an effort to address the high numbers of sexual violence cases in the DRC and Mali.

(4. Dutch twin track strategy: National Action Plans)

The second track of our policy focuses on the implementation of our National Action Plan, and the support for NAP’s of other countries.

Our third National Action Plan has been published last March and was drafted in partnership with more than fifty Dutch civil society organisations and knowledge institutions.

By coordinating our activities with those of civil society we aim to make each other stronger and achieve better, more sustainable results.

The Netherlands encourages other countries to develop their own National Action Plans, and we support them in doing so.

With our third National Action Plan we focus on eight countries in Africa and the MENA-region.

The Netherlands supports women’s participation in peace processes through the support of civil society organizations.

For example, together with UN Women, we assist female members of Syrian civil society to unite in the ‘Syrian Women’s initiative for Peace and Democracy’.

With this initiative the Netherlands aims to help Syrian women from different backgrounds to pursue a common agenda and to give them a voice during the Syrian peace talks.

Some of these women have joined the Women’s Advisory Board of UN Special Envoy for Syria, Mr. Staffan de Mistura.

(5. Conclusion)

Mr President,

The advancement of the role of women is crucial in all our efforts for peace, justice and development.

And the Kingdom of the Netherlands will remain a partner to promote the rights of women in all these dimensions.

Thank you.