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PM Birkavs leads Club of Madrid high level mission to Addis Ababa

PM Birkavs leads Club of Madrid high level mission to Addis Ababa

October 19, 2010

UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security: A local/regional strategy for the Greater Horn of Africa

19 October 2010. H.E. Valdis Birkavs, former Prime Minister of Latvia and Member of the Club of Madrid is leading a delegation to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for high-level work meetings organised in partnership with UNIFEM and UNECA on regional strategies for women, peace and security.

Roundtable briefings will gather senior officials of the African Union, the United Nations, the European Union, including the recently appointed EU Special Representative for Sudan, Dame Rosalind Marsden –first and only woman in this position–, together with diplomatic representatives and the Group of 40 Women Leaders (G40). 

The final outcome document will establish a detailed roadmap for UNSCR 1325 regional action planning and twinning, bridging and innovating in the Greater Horn of Africa, in the lead up to the United Nations Security Council Ministerial Meeting on Women, Peace and Security (New York, 29 October 2010).

This process is part of the three-year strategy Women’s Leadership for Peace and Security in the Greater Horn of Africa, launched in October 2009, under the auspices of the African Union and the United Nations, and the pooled support of the Club de Madrid, Isis-WICCE and the Institute for Security Studies. 

The 10th anniversary of UNSCR 1325 on women, peace and security in October 2010 represents a historic occasion for Member States, the United Nations, and civil society to work together to ensure that concrete, measurable, and positive action is taken to empower and protect women in conflict situations. Under the Presidency of Uganda in October 2010, the Security Council can provide renewed momentum to this effort –laying out clear systems for monitoring and accountability on its women, peace and security obligations.


The Group of 40 Women Leaders (G40) is a community of teachers, humanitarian workers, lawyers, grassroots peace activists, pastoralists, researchers, political scientists, business professionals, historians, social workers, human rights defenders and journalists that was formed in 2009 in the framework of the Women’s Leadership for Peace and Security in the Greater Horn of Africa project to bring fresh thinking to crisis prevention and recovery in the region. 


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