I am honoured to be here with you today, to learn from your experiences and insights – and to highlight our strong partnership on implementing the UN security council resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, in particular in the context of the 20th anniversary.
Women’s full, equal and meaningful participation must be a guiding principle in all aspects of our peace and security work. And Jordan, like Norway, has high ambitions for WPS. This is why we are pleased to be supporting your work on your national action plan.
National ownership is of critical importance to achieve real impact at all levels; Jordan has ensured an inclusive process that goes beyond the development of the plan, into its implementation. Jordan is a regional leader in this domain, thanks to your focus on women’s – including young women’s – participation and rights in peacebuilding and security sector reform.
In this context I would also like to highlight your national action plan on preventing violent extremism, which complements the one on women, peace and security and has a strong gender perspective. Jordan and Norway have joined forces to address the invisibility of women in this area, including through the New York-based Group of Friends on Preventing Violent Extremism. We look forward to our continued partnership in obtaining and sharing vital input for PVE policy-making, and advancing this agenda globally as well as nationally.
Funding is an essential part of successful implementation. We commend Jordan for having one of the few fully funded National Action Plans, and for your work on strengthening gender-responsive budgeting. We would also like to commend UN Women and other UN Funds and Programs for their important work and partnership. Along with the Women, Peace and Humanitarian Fund for its work through local partner organizations in supporting women Syrian refugees. We encourage more member states to support efforts in Jordan, through both flexible and core funding.
We are all acutely aware that our conversation takes place in a time of an unprecedented crisis. The pandemic has brought into even sharper relief how important the women, peace, and security agenda is to crisis prevention, and how imperative it is to ensure the inclusion of women from the very start. In this regard, Jordan’s National Action Plan has proven to be a key instrument in improving the operational effectiveness of their responses and ensuring that women’s human rights are addressed.
Today we face both old and novel challenges, but the process we must put in place is nothing new. Ensuring full, equal and meaningful inclusion has always required both creativity and solid commitment. Therefore, my delegation has no doubt in our ability to move forward together and I look forward to this opportunity to discuss further with you today.