Statement by H.E. Mr. Edi Yusup, Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador/Deputy Permanent Representative of Indonesia to the United Nations, WTO and other International Organizations in Geneva before The High-Level Side Event “Women, Disarmament, Non-Proliferation and Arms Control”
The Honourable Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago,
Allow me to join previous speakers in expressing my appreciation to you for convening this High-Level Side Event on Women, Disarmament, Non-Proliferation and Arms Control.
Indonesia is always at the forefront of disarmament and non-proliferation efforts, in particular with a view to achieving total elimination of nuclear weapons as well as other weapons of mass destruction. Against this backdrop, it is our strong belief that all segments of society should actively and equally contribute to achieving those goals. This is the reason why we always need to emphasize the imperative role of women in disarmament, non-proliferation and arms control.
In this regard, Mr, Chairman, Indonesia is committed to implementing “UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security” and UN General Assembly Resolution 65/69 was initiated by Trinidad and Tobago, and will ensure of women’s full participation at all levels – in conflict prevention, conflict resolution and peace-building. We believe that women can serve as one of the main building blocks and instruments of peace. Towards that end, Indonesia has included female personnel as military observers and members of her contingents in UNIFIL (United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon), UNAMID (African Union-United Mission in Darfur), and MONUC (United Nations Organization Mission in Democratic Republic of Congo).
While we note the growing recognition of women’s roles in peace and security, progress is yet to be made in some areas. The number of women in uniformed peacekeepers and in UN police should be increased in the future. Strengthened security, legal and justice institutions are required to ensure the safety and security of women and girls in many armed conflict and post-conflict settings.
In addition, there is a strong need to enhance the levels of participation of women in peace negotiations, and in preventive efforts and key decision-making processes related to peace and security.
We believe that the potential of women as agents of change, skillfully reshaping and rebuilding communities affected by conflict, is an important resource to tap into. Yet, it is not always the case that they can readily be available for such a vital role.
In post conflict situations, the deficit in experience, skills, understanding, and knowledge of women and peace issues is often a hindrance to greater involvement of women. Overcoming the trauma which they had to endure during the conflict can also become a barrier to becoming active peace building participants. We call on the international community to recognize and address this challenge effectively. To this end, international support must address the multi-dimensional needs of women and girls in post-conflict situations. Their physical security, mental and reproductive health, and other productive assets should be ensured.
To conclude, allow me to quote UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon message: “Sustainable peace is possible only with women’s full participation – their perspectives, their leadership, their daily, equal presence wherever we seek to make and keep the peace”.
25 September 2012
Photo : H.E. Mr. Edi Yusup, Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador/Deputy Permanent Representative of Indonesia to the United Nations, WTO and other International Organizations in Geneva delivered the statement during The High-Level Side Event “Women, Disarmament, Non-Proliferation and Arms Control” (doc. Mission of Indonesia)