Women and peace and security/SecGen report – SecCo meeting, debate – Verbatim record – Resumption;(excerpts)

Security Council
Sixty-third year

6005th meeting
Wednesday, 29 October 2008, 3 p.m.
New York




Mr. Zhang Yesui  







Mr. Lammens  


Burkina Faso  

Mr. Zongo 


Costa Rica  

Mr. Weisleder 



Ms. Kožar 



Ms. Giuliani 



Mr. Natalegawa 



Mr. Riccardo 


Libyan Arab Jamahiriya  

Mr. Dabbashi 



Mr. Suescum 


Russian Federation  

Mr. Zheglov 


South Africa  

Mr. Crowley 


United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland  

Mr. Saltonstall 


United States of America  

Ms. Lavin 


Viet Nam  

Mr. Bui The Giang 




Women and peace and security 

  Report of the Secretary-General on women and peace and security (S/2008/622)
  Letter dated 15 October 2008 from the Permanent Representative of China to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General (S/2008/655)


The meeting resumed at 3.05 p.m.




  The President (spoke in Chinese ): I now give the floor to the representative of Switzerland.

 Mr. Maurer (Switzerland) (spoke in French ): …


… My country has supported and will continue to support activities aimed at achieving such participation, for example, the International Women’s Commission for a Just and Sustainable Israeli-Palestinian Peace or projects through programmes to promote peace in Colombia, Nepal or Burundi, for example.


  The President (spoke in Chinese ): I now call on the representative of the United Arab Emirates.

 Mr. Al-Jarman (United Arab Emirates) (spoke in Arabic ): …


  In conclusion, we reiterate our concerns at the continuing dire humanitarian situation of Palestinian women and children as a result of the ongoing Israeli aggression, siege and occupation of the Palestinian territories, in blatant breach of the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 and other international humanitarian laws and norms. We call on the Security Council to assume its full responsibilities by insisting that Israel fully honour its obligations under the relevant United Nations resolutions. If it does not, our region will remain in a state of instability and insecurity, which in turn will generate more violence against women. We also hope that our deliberations on this item will lead to the creation of a comprehensive institutional approach to protecting women and children and to improving their conditions before, during and after conflicts.


  The President (spoke in Chinese ): I give the floor to the representative of Israel.

 Ms. Shalev (Israel): …


 On a local and national level, Israel remains committed to the principles of the landmark Security Council resolution 1325 (2000), which calls for an increase in the participation of women at decision-making levels in conflict resolution and in peace processes. Israel amended its women’s equal rights law in the spirit of that resolution, mandating that the Israeli Government include women in any group appointed to peacebuilding negotiations. On a regional level, and just as the resolution calls for, Israel is proud that Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni is leading our peace negotiations with the Palestinians.


  The President (spoke in Chinese ): I now give the floor to the representative of Iceland.

 Mr. Hannesson (Iceland): …


    Iceland is of the view that equal participation of women in peace processes is fundamental for achieving, maintaining and promoting sustainable peace and security. In that context, I would like to pay tribute to the work of the International Women’s Commission for a just and sustainable Palestinian-Israeli peace. The work of that group of eminent women from both sides of the community has stood out as a beacon. At this very difficult time in the peace process, that group deserves our continued support.


  The meeting rose at 6.45 p.m.




This record contains the text of speeches delivered in English and of the interpretation of speeches delivered in the other languages. The final text will be printed in the Official Records of the Security Council . Corrections should be submitted to the original languages only. They should be incorporated in a copy of the record and sent under the signature of a member of the delegation concerned to the Chief of the Verbatim Reporting Service, room C-154A.

Document symbol: S/PV.6005 (Resumption 1)
Document Type: Meeting record, Provisional verbatim record, Verbatim Record
Document Sources: Secretary-General, Security Council
Subject: Peace-building, Security issues, Women
Publication Date: 29/10/2008

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