UN Security Council adopts new resolution on women, peace and security

21 Oct 2013

A new Security Council resolution, passed unanimously on Friday at an open debate on women, peace and security, stresses that sustainable peace depends on simultaneous progress in political stability, security, development, human rights--including gender equality-- justice, and the rule of law.

Held yearly, the open debate provides an opportunity to reflect on the progress made in implementing Security Council Resolution 1325, adopted in 2000, which commits countries to protecting women and girls in conflict situations, among others.

The new resolution urges Member States and UN organizations to ensure women’s full participation in peace and security issues.  The Security Council, for its part, has committed to increasing its focus on women's access to justice in conflict and post-conflict settings.

When it comes to peacebuilding efforts, the resolution recognizes the strong link between peace and security, human rights and development to address the root causes of conflicts as well as threats to women and girls' safety.

At the debate, participants recognized unanimously that empowering women greatly contributes to stabilize societies emerging from armed conflict.