Statement Conference on Disarmament Plenary, 8 March 2018

Wednesday, 8 March 2018, 16:00, Palais des Nations, Council Chamber

Statement by His Excellency Robbert Gabriëlse, Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the Conference on Disarmament

Madam President,

In light of today’s International Women’s Day, a global day on which we celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, we would like to reiterate that gender equality, gender consciousness and the empowerment of women is a priority for the Netherlands, also in the field of disarmament and non-proliferation. We are delighted to have you, Madame Ambassador, as our President, followed by Ambassador Dallafior of Switzerland showing that more and more women take up leading positions in the field of disarmament.     

We acknowledge the importance of promoting gender parity and women’s involvement across the different disarmament initiatives. In the chairman’s summary of the First NPT PrepCom last year, a specific paragraph was devoted to the participation of women in the field of disarmament. In the paragraph, States Parties emphasized the importance of promoting the equal, full and effective participation of both women and men in the process of nuclear non-proliferation, nuclear disarmament and the peaceful uses of nuclear energy. Moreover, States Parties were encouraged to support actively the participation of female delegates in their own delegations, including through sponsorship programmes.

The Netherlands believes that active leadership of women as well as their participation in decision-making are essential to create and maintain peace and stability. Hence, we remain very committed to implementing the various resolutions in this regard, for instance UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and the First Committee General Assembly Resolution 71/56 on ‘Women, disarmament, non-proliferation and arms control’. On the latter, The Netherlands together with a group of Member States explicitly underlined the great value we attach to this resolution in a General Statement.       

Thank you Madam President.