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China urges women's bigger role in peace-building

Updated: 2013-10-19 08:13
( Xinhua)

UNITED NATIONS - The international community should give more attention to the special role of women in peace- building process, and the protection of women during and after conflicts, a Chinese envoy to UN said Friday.

"Respecting and protecting women's rights is not only a reflection of progress in human society and civilization, but also closely linked to global peace and development," said Liu Jieyi, China's permanent representative to the UN, at a Security Council open debate on "Women and Peace and Security."

Effective participation of women is an important foundation for realizing sustainable peace and social stability, he said. "Women should become important participants in conflict prevention and mediation and enjoy adequate right to decision-making and participation in the post-conflict peace-building and national development process."

The international community should, through promoting economic and social development, effectively improve women's status and push forward their positive contribution to the maintenance of international peace and security, said Liu.

On the protection of women's safety and rights, Liu said that in all countries, it is the government that bears the primary responsibility.

The international community should also support countries in their efforts to safeguard women's rights and interests and should provide constructive assistance in that regard, said Liu, while stressing that the Security Council should play its unique role and enhance cooperation and coordination with other relevant UN bodies.

"The Security Council, as the primary body tasked with maintaining peace and security, should focus on conflict prevention, dispute mediation and post-conflict peace-building, so as to create political, security and legal environments for the protection of women's security and rights," he said.