Even if they too often see their contributions “erased” from history, women, recalled the President of the General Assembly, Mr. Abdulla Shahid, have contributed to shaping multilateralism. The Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ms. Amina Mohammed, followed with testimony about the commitment of the United Nations to gender parity, throughout the world and within the Organization itself.
Introducing the resolution, which was sponsored by 187 Member States, the delegate from the Maldives spoke of a “platform” to raise awareness and reflect on the progress made in this area and the measures to be taken at different levels for women diplomats. The European Union saw it as a call “to do better and to set an example”, noting that in 76 years of existence, “the UN has never had a female Secretary-General”.
The delegate from Grenada, who was speaking on behalf of the group of delegations that made it possible to make 24 June the International Day of Women in Diplomacy, welcomed the adoption of this resolution, which received “historic” support from the Member States. Such support, close to unanimity, proves, according to her, that we all want to achieve gender equality at all levels.
“We are at a crossroads in the field of multilateralism.” In fact, she also acknowledged, that between 1992 and 2019 women represented only 13% of negotiators, 6% of mediators, and 6% of signatories in the main peace processes at the international level. And seven out of 10 peace processes have excluded women! She has, therefore, considered the cross-cutting presence of gender issues in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.