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WOMEN, PEACE AND SECURITY & OTHER TOPICS - DAILY BRIEFING (8 OCTOBER 2020)

Daily Press Briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the United Nations Secretary-General.

- Secretary-General/Women, Peace and Security Roundtable
- Kyrgyzstan
- Yemen
- Syria
- Mali
- COVID-19/ Brazil
- Stillbirths
- Space Week
- Food Price Index

SECRETARY-GENERAL/WOMEN, PEACE AND SECURITY ROUNDTABLE
This morning, the Secretary-General took part in a roundtable discussion with women leaders on the topic of Women, Peace and Security in Peacekeeping contexts. He reiterated that women’s full, equal and meaningful participation in achieving and sustaining peace is a priority for the UN, as well as a centerpiece of his Action for Peacekeeping initiative.
The effectiveness of women's leadership has been particularly evident during the pandemic, Mr. Guterres added. Yet women are under siege, bearing disproportionate care and economic burdens and facing an alarming surge of violence in the home.
Mr. Guterres pointed out that in situations of conflict, it is often women who are brokering peace at the community levels. However, he added, they continue to be actively sidelined once those processes move to the national and international levels.
This must change, he said. The Secretary-General called on Governments, the UN system, Regional Organizations, Civil Society, and the wider international community to take bold actions to translate commitments into reality.
We must prioritize women’s leadership, he said, invest in community-based women’s networks as equal partners and we must adopt feminist approaches to accelerate women’s full, equal and meaningful participation.
Today women’s leadership is a cause. Tomorrow, it must be a norm.

KYRGYZSTAN
The UN continue to be very concerned about the situation in the Kyrgyz Republic. The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Central Asia, Natalia Gherman, has been following the situation very closely, and is in touch with senior Kyrgyzstani officials to explore ways in which the United Nations can assist the country in finding a peaceful resolution of the current situation.
The Resident Coordinator is also in touch with the authorities in Bishkek and until a negotiated solution is reached, we urge Kyrgyzstanis to uphold the rule of law in the country and continue to exercise restraint, and refrain from violence.

YEMEN
The UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, is following with deep concern the recent military escalation in Hudaydah governorate and the reports of a number of casualties among the civilian population, including women and children.
He said that the military escalation not only constitutes a violation of the Hudaydah ceasefire agreement but it runs against the spirit of the ongoing UN-facilitated negotiations that aim to achieve a nationwide ceasefire, humanitarian and economic measures and the resumption of the political process.
Mr. Griffiths called on the sides to immediately stop the fighting, respect the commitments they made under the Stockholm agreement, and engage with the UN Mission in Hudaydah’s joint implementation mechanisms.

Full Highlights: www.un.org/sg/en/content/noon-briefing-highlight?date%5Bvalue%5D%5Bdate%5D=08%20October%202020

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