New York, 27 April 2010
Statement by Mr. Milos Vukasinovic, Minister Counsellor,
Deputy Permanent Representative of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the United Nations
at the UN Security Council Debate
on Women and peace and security
I should like to begin by thanking Ms. Rachel Mayanja, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women, and Ms. Margot Wallström, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, for their informative briefings.
Bosnia and Herzegovina fully supports the implementation of resolution 1325 (2000), the provisions of which have been incorporated into my country’s gender action plan. Furthermore, we emphasize the importance of the full involvement of women in all efforts for the maintenance and promotion of peace and security, early peacebuilding and post-conflict planning, as well as the need to enhance their role in decision-making processes. Bosnia and Herzegovina welcomes the report of the Secretary-General (S/2010/173) and the recommendations contained therein. We also take positive note of the work of the Technical Working Group on Global Indicators. We consider that the proposed set of indicators presents a solid basis for future work in terms of technical development and establishing baselines. We are of the view that this work should be intensified in the coming period.
Taking into account the specific nature of gender sensitive indicators, we stress the need for all quantitative indicators to be accompanied by qualitative commentary and analysis in order to reflect a country-specific situation or context. We are also of the opinion that a clear distinction ought to be made between the indicators for which data will be collected by the United Nations system and those for which data will be collected by Member States. To that end, Member States should not be overburdened with additional responsibilities for data collection, and comprehensive insight into implementation, tracked by indicators, will be provided.
Bosnia and Herzegovina welcomes the idea that this process should be transparent and pursued in consultation with relevant stakeholders in order to include their views on this particular issue. We believe that the next report of the Secretary-General should give substantial input with regard to what the agenda, roles and responsibilities of the United Nations system and other actors should be in developing an intensified, efficient and more successful implementation of resolution 1325 (2000) at the global level.
Finally, we should like to reiterate that the set of indicators is critical not only to the effective identification of gaps in tracking progress in the implementation of resolution 1325 (2000) and to parallel ongoing work regarding resolution 1888 (2009), but also to their efficient monitoring and evaluation. Therefore, it is of key importance that the commemoration of the tenth anniversary of resolution 1325 (2000) not only mark the progress and achievements made so far, but also assess the challenges that have not yet been met, as well as how achievements and progress will be tracked and measured in time.