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Statement by Ms. Rena Tasuja, Counsellor of the Permanent Mission of Estonia to the UN at the United Nations Security Council Arria Formula meeting on Mediation and Women, Peace and Security, 27 March, 2017

27.03.2017

Statement by Ms. Rena Tasuja, Counsellor of the Permanent Mission of Estonia

to the UN at the United Nations Security Council Arria Formula meeting on Mediation and Women, Peace and Security, 27 March, 2017

Mr. Chair, Ladies and Gentlemen,

I would like to thank all the presenters and the representatives of Italy and the UK for hosting this open Arria-formula meeting today. We would like to align ourselves with the statement made by the EU as well as reiterate our commitment for all efforts concerning the Women, Peace and Security agenda.

We fully support the commitment of the Secretary-General Guterres to enhance and improve the UN’s mediation efforts, both at Headquarters and in the field. While the UN offers us a forum to create the means for achieving our goals, it is important to recognize, that it is the primary responsibility of each member state to ensure that women are included consistently throughout all processes of peace-making. Member states must invest heavily and collaborate persistently in order to make sure that a gender perspective is applied to and improved at all social and governmental levels.

Estonia’s Second Action Plan for Resolution 1325 sets clear domestic goals such as increasing the number of women in the military, where the majority of participants are most often male. In two years-time, we hope to triple the number of female attendants in the Estonian Defence Forces and all related entities. Internationally, Estonia, as always, will stay committed to promoting the potential of ICT and innovation towards protecting women’s and girl’s rights. ICT can give access to voting and quality education, it can detect and collect data and offer victim support services; it can function as a platform for free speech and encourage international networking and experience sharing - this list goes on. In order to ensure the successful implementation of the women, peace and security agenda - we must establish more ICT mechanisms.

Collaboration is often the key in areas such as this. Intergovernmental collaboration is most likely the very first step, to which proceeds, cooperation with entities, partnerships with companies and teamwork with non-governmental organisations and civil societies. In particular, women organisations often have the ability to provide new insight and information to mediation and peace processes that could otherwise be missed. This in doubt helps our joint efforts in ensuring that every detail is accounted for and no one is left behind. And so I would like to stress, that member states must always seek to expand their capacities to collaborate, as well as NGOs and civil societies must be given larger platforms.

Mr. Chair, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Estonia believes that through the guiding hand of the UN, member states can bravely follow their commitments with actions towards reaching the goals of the women peace and security agenda.

Thank you.

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