NEW YORK, OCTOBER 26 – Addressing the UN Security Council the Italian Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Inigo Lambertini announced to the International Community the launch, yesterday in Rome, of the Mediterranean Women Mediators Network. “The aim of the network is twofold”, he explained: “Prevention and mediation on the one hand, and capacity- building on the other”.
In the Mediterranean region issues of migration combine with human trafficking, transnational organized crime, rising violent extremism, refugees and humanitarian emergencies. In such a context, women can help countries prevent conflicts and strengthen national reconciliation processes by ensuring a gendered and inclusive perspective on issues of security, justice and governance, which are often the root causes of violent conflicts, Lambertini said during a Security Council debate on women peace and security, adding that this network is also a concrete way for women to acquire and develop further capacity and expertise to successfully contribute to mediation efforts as official UN mediators or mediation experts.
The launch was possible thanks to the fact that, for the first time, our National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security was granted a financial contribution enhanced by the Italian Parliament. “We encourage all Member States to properly finance their National Action Plans since the implementation of the Women, Peace and Security agenda demands change, and no real change is possible without the necessary financial resources”, said Lambertini. (@OnuItalia)