Russian resolution on participation of women in activities promoting global peace defeated in Security Council – explanation

November 2, 2020

Yoy may have read in the news that on Friday 30 October 2020 the U.N. Security Council defeated a Russian resolution to commemorate the 20th anniversary of a U.N. measure demanding equal participation for women in activities promoting global peace. The email vote on the resolution was 5-0, with 10 countries abstaining, far less than the minimum nine “yes” votes required for adoption. [see also: https://humanrightsdefenders.blog/2020/08/03/roadmap-to-women-peace-and-security-wps-agenda-2020/]

The Russian draft was supported by Russia, China, Vietnam, Indonesia and South Africa. The countries that abstained were the United States, United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Dominican Republic, Germany, Estonia, Niger, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Tunisia. The opponents were objecting to its failure to adequately address human rights and the key role of civil society in pushing for gender equality. If you are puzzled by this outcome the attached statement by CARE explains:

https://apnews.com/article/china-germany-europe-russia-united-nations-e67b5b5856a20d5601294dfdcd12252a

https://reliefweb.int/report/world/care-statement-failure-russia-s-draft-resolution-women-peace-and-security

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