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Women Peace Keepers Forum in Manila

Group Photo - Panel Women in Peacekeeping Forum - Photo:Group Photo - Panel Women in Peacekeeping Forum
(From L to R - First Row) Police Colonel Portia Manalad, Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) Undersecretary Gloria Jumamil-Mercado, UNTSO Head of Mission Major General Kristin Lund, UN Resident Coordinator Ola Almgren, AFP-PKOC Commanding Officer Colonel Oriel Pangcog, and Navy Captain Luzviminda Camacho. (From L to R - 2nd Row) DFA Peace and Security Division Dir. Arlene Macaisa, PCW Executive Director Emmeline Versoza, DFA Assistant Secretary Noralyn Baja, AFP General Cesar de Mesa, Norwegian Embassy in Manila Head of Mission Ambassador Bjørn Jahnsen, Deputy Head of Mission Larissa Kosanovic, and Third Secretary Stian Hegland.

The Women in Peacekeeping Forum took place at the DFA Home Office on 6 June 2019, organized by the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Manila, in partnership with the United Nations (UN) and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

“The main objectives of this forum are to share peacekeeping experiences, and to promotethe participation of women in conflict resolution,” says Norwegian Ambassador Bjørn Jahnsen.

The keynote speaker at the forum is the Norwegian Major General Kristin Lund who has in-depth understanding of the critical role of women in peacekeeping.

General Lund is the highest ranking female representative of the UN Secretary General in the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) as Head of Mission. She is also the first woman to serve as Force Commander in the United Nations peacekeeping operation’s history and is currently a UNWOMEN Champion.

 

 

“Preventing conflicts, and building and sustaining peace is a cornerstone of Norwegian
foreign policy,” said Ambassador Jahnsen.

“The Norwegian government has a long-standing tradition in promoting women’s rights, and we strive to ensure that there is an enabling environment for women to actively participate and contribute in peace processes,” he added.

The commitment of the Government of Norway to women, peace, and security cuts across
a wide range of foreign policy areas including:

  • Norway´s global contributions to peace and reconciliations processes,
  • the implementation of peace agreements,
  • peace operations and missions;
  • humanitarian and development efforts.

These policies were detailed earlier this year when the Norwegian Government published its Fourth Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security 2019-2021.

Norway is a long-term partner in the peace processes in the Philippines.

Norway has been the third-party facilitator between the CPP-NPA-NDFP (Communist movement) and the Philippine government the since 2001.

Norway was also involved in the International Monitoring Team that observes the ceasefire in Mindanao and is the current Vice Chair of the International Decommissioning Body (IDB) that oversees the MILF decommissioning efforts in the Bangsamoro region.