Historic Arria Formula Meeting on the Synergies between CEDAW and the Women, Peace and Security Resolutions
December 19, 2016 by Kelly Yzique
On December 5th, 2016, the Permanent Mission of Uruguay to the UN in collaboration with the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders and the Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the UN and with support from the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) Directorate for International Law organized the Arria Formula Meeting on the “Synergies between SC Resolutions on Women Peace and Security and CEDAW” at the UN Headquarters in New York..
The meeting highlighted the importance of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, particularly its General Recommendation (GR) No. 30 on women in conflict prevention, conflict and post-conflict situations as a strong complementary accountability mechanism to the WPS Resolutions.
The chair of CEDAW Task Force on GR 30, Ms. Pramila Patten, UN Women’s Deputy Executive Director for Policy and Programme, Yannick Glemarec and GNWP’s International Coordinator, Mavic Cabrera Balleza briefed Security Council Members
Some of the recommendations from the Arria Formula meeting were that Security Council Members should use CEDAW as a mechanism for gathering information since the CEDAW Committee has the ability to compile information on women, peace and security issues from States Parties, civil society and UN country teams. This country specific information can then be shared with the Security Council through meetings like the Arria Formula or open debates. By bringing CEDAW and other treaty bodies to collaborate with the Security Council Member States, the monitoring and implementation of UNSCR 1325 and other related WPS resolutions can be more effective. There was also a call for the CEDAW Committee and the Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict to work together given the important work that the CEDAW does in addressing all forms of sexual and gender based violence against women and girls.
The Arria Formula meeting was a response to the recommendation from the 2015 Global Study on UNSCR 1325 to pursue avenues to strengthen interaction and information flows across the entire UN system, and address the fragmentation and silos that hamper effective response. It was also an advocacy method to push for the work in unison between the UN and body treaties and to forgo the silos and fragmentation structure that has been detrimental to the implementation of WPS resolutions.
The transcripts of the speeches made by the Chair of CEDAW Task Force on GR 30, Ms. Pramila Patten, UN Women’s Deputy Director for Policy and Programme, Mr. Yannick Glemarec and GNWP’s International Coordinator, Ms. Mavic Cabrera Balleza, can be found below:
Arria Formula on CEDAW and the WPS resolutions -Dec. 5, 2016 – Pramila Patten’s paper