Germany hands FPN chairpersonship over to Namibia

10 Apr 2019 14:40pm
WINDHOEK, 10 APR (NAMPA) - Germany on Wednesday handed over the Focal Points Network (FPN) chairpersonship to Namibia at the third Women, Peace and Security (WPS) FPN meeting in Windhoek.
Germany held the title for one year for the network which aims to enhance the women, peace and security agenda.
The network was initiated by Spain in 2015 during the review of the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 and consists of 80 member states and regional organisations.
Speaking at the event, Director of Human Rights in the German Federal Foreign Office, Tania von Uslar-Gleichen said during its reign the country underlined the importance of implementation on regional level, the inclusion of civil society, the value of holistic approaches, and the need for high quality national action plans.
She explained that the network is focused on a holistic approach to women, peace and security in both participatory, as well as protection, areas.
“At the same time, we are currently witnessing a global push-back on women’s rights. It is therefore important that we stand up for women’s rights and make sure that we do not lose the achievements we have made in past years,” she said.
The network is focused on the necessity to ensure accountability for conflict-related sexual and gender-based violence as a key aspect of conflict prevention, Von Uslar-Gleichen explained.
Namibia was elected by the United Nations General Assembly to serve and represent Africa on the UN Security Council from 1999 to 2000 and in October 2000 assumed the month-long presidency on the council.
The meeting ends Thursday.
(NAMPA)
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