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Low female peacekeeping numbers “crippling to UN credibility: UN chief
In an address to the Security Council, Secretary-General António Guterres, described the small representation of women in UN peacekeeping and policing roles as “crippling” to the credibility of the Organization.
Mr. Guterres, speaking during the annual debate on women, peace and security on Tuesday, said that only 4 percent of UN military peacekeepers and 10 percent of police are female.
He added that women’s meaningful participation is directly linked to more sustainable peace:
“…A gendered approach to peace and security means supporting peacebuilding at the local level, even during conflict. As peace processes falter at the national and international level, we must consistently support the local women’s groups that negotiate humanitarian access and support community resilience; learn from them; and build peace from the ground up.”
Essential step towards universal health coverage reached at UN conference
An “essential step” towards a world of universal health coverage, has been made at a major UN health conference being held in the capital of Kazakhstan.
On Tuesday, the Declaration of Astana was unanimously adopted by UN Member States, at the Global Conference on Primary Health Care, committing countries to strengthening primary health care and helping them to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 3: which aims to “ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all, at all ages.”
Despite progress on health, half the world’s population still lacks access to essential health services.
UN envoy concerned by lack of women in new Iraq Government
Ján Kubiš, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq, has expressed “deep concern” at the lack of any women in the line-up of new Iraqi Government ministers.
Mr. Kubiš comments came in a statement welcoming the formal confirmation of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, which he described as an important step in the democratic transformation of the country.
However, he said that ignoring the potential of strong female candidates is to “miss important opportunities for Iraq.”
Conor Lennon, UN News