|Statement by H.E. Ambassador Liu Zhenmin at the Security Council Open Debate on "Women, Peace and Security"|
|New York, 19 June 2008|
I thank you for coming to New York to preside over today's meeting. I'm attending this discussion on behalf of Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi. At the outset, please allow me to convey to Your Excellency the cordial greetings of Minister Yang. I also thank Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for his statement.
Nearly eight years have passed since the Security Council adopted Resolution 1325, which constitutes a basis for cooperation among all the parties concerned in the field of women, peace and security. However, as the features of conflicts change and various complex elements cut across each other, the resolution is yet to be implemented fully and completely. In today's many conflicts, women continue to be the most direct victims and violence against women remains an extremely grave concern.
China condemns all violence against women, including sexual violence, and urges all parties involved in conflict to comply with international humanitarian law and human rights law. We call upon governments concerned to investigate and bring to justice those who have committed crimes against women. China urges all countries, who have not done so, to take measures for an early accession to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. We support the Secretary General in his pursuit of the policy of "zero tolerance" against sexual exploitation committed by peacekeepers and urge troop contributing countries to step up training and monitoring of their peacekeepers so that relevant norms of conduct of the United Nations can be complied with and implemented.
On this occasion, I wish to emphasize the following points in relation to the protection of women in conflict:
I am very pleased to note that, under your personal guidance, the US Delegation submitted a draft resolution on elimination of all forms of sexual violence under this agenda item. China supports adoption of this resolution. The resolution requests the Secretary General to submit a report on its implementation before 30 June 2009. I'd like to point out that, a few months ago, the 62nd Session of the General Assembly adopted Resolution 62/134 on the same issue, which requested the Secretary General to submit a report on its implementation at the 63rd GA Session. To save resources and avoid duplication of work, we hope the Secretary General will strengthen coordination and make good use of all the information available so as to submit high quality reports both to the Security Council and to the General Assembly.
The outcome document of the 2005 World Summit reaffirms that the progress of women represents the progress of entire humanity. The same is true in the field of peace and security. The comprehensive implementation of Resolution 1325 constitutes an important guarantee for achieving this target. We support the Secretary General in his continued efforts to implement the Plan of Action for the Entire UN System. The Chinese government has always attached great importance to the protection of the rights and interests of women and the improvement of the status of women. We are ready to work with the rest of the international community in a joint effort to reduce sexual violence in every corner of the world and achieve all the targets in the field of women, peace and security.
Thank you, Madam President.