Statement by H.E. Ms. Besiana Kadare, Permanent Representative of Albania to the UN at the Security Council Debate on Women, Peace and Security: Twentieth Anniversary of Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000)- Focusing on Better Implementation

Mr. President,
Albania commends the efforts of many Member States and partners for putting in place solid normative frameworks and commitments on the women, peace and security agenda, as demonstrated by the increase in the number of National Action Plans for the implementation of UNSC Resolution 1325. However, we strongly believe that effective implementation is not possible without the allocation of proper resources.
It is important to celebrate progress, but equally important to recognize the challenges we face.  We need to pay special attention to engagement of communities at the grassroots level, and demonstrate progress in people’s lives. We need to give civil society, including women’s organizations and human rights defenders, a voice that is heard in the UN Security Council. Their experience and know-how are crucial to better understand what should be improved.
For that, we need to engage more women mediators and ensure meaningful participation of women both in conflict prevention and peace building. 
Albania is proud to report some significant achievements on the meaningful participation of women in important decision-making processes.
Our first 1325 National Action Plan (2018-2020) sets out a robust and a detailed plan with clear implementation, financing, monitoring and evaluation strategies, and reporting pathways.  Albania is among the only seven countries from the OSCE region that have a costed and budgeted National Action Plan. We have also made sure to include civil society in the main pillars of the NAP.
It mainly focuses on:
-        increased participation of women in the Armed Forces in peacekeeping missions outside of the country.
-        appointment of female officers in police and the armed forces to leading positions and strengthen management capacities of women in the police and armed forces.
-        establishing a reporting system for the implementation of the NAP.
-        awareness-raising activities with women MPs and local government representatives on UNSCRs on WPS.
-        delivery of trainings on gender equality in military operations, handling of post-conflict situations, prevention and response to violence against women and girls.
Albania is committed to women increased meaningful participation in crisis prevention and peace processes, as well as to improved protection against sexual and all other forms of violence.  To this end Albania has increased the meaningful participation of women in the security sector, while mainstreaming the gender perspective in policies and structural plans of the Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces. We included the WPS agenda as one of the priorities of our OSCE Chairmanship 2020, injecting a new momentum in the OSCE’s work on WPS.
If elected in the Security Council next year, Albania will champion the Women, Peace and Security Agenda across the full breadth of its work. ​ We strongly believe that Women are agents of positive change, and that they must actively participate in all peace and security efforts. 
In conclusion, I would like to reiterate that chances for building and sustaining peace are much higher once women are fully engaged.  We cannot afford to lose 50% of our human energies, talents and ideas. The meaningful participation of women will boost our common efforts for a more inclusive, transparent and effective approach toward peace and security.

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