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Sunday , September 27 2020

Kuwait backs women empowerment at UN, globally

Needs to bolster UNSC preventive diplomacy in African conflicts’

Hala Al-Garabally

NEW YORK, Oct 8, (KUNA): The State of Kuwait continues to work intensively to boost cooperation with international institutes and the UN to empower women and bolster their rights, said a Kuwaiti diplomat Tuesday.

The UN had played a great role in better women’s representation at high-ranking jobs and position, Kuwaiti diplomatic Attache Hala Al-Garabally in a UN committee meeting dedicated to empowering women and supporting their rights.

She commended the role played by the General Secretariat in achieving equality between genders by 2021. She added that her country had viewed UN data and reports regarding women empowerment and representation, stressing that the State of Kuwait will do its best to implement recommendations to enable more rights for women.

Bolstering women’s rights is an integral component of Kuwait development vision 2035 and it is an essential goal within the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs), she said, affirming that Kuwait was willing to provide support to both strategies.

Meanwhile, the State of Kuwait called on Tuesday for the bolstering of UN Security Council’s preventive diplomacy role in armed confl cts, especially in Africa. During a UNSC meeting on “Peace and Security in Africa: The Centrality of Preventive Diplomacy, Conflict Prevention”, Kuwait’s Permanent Representative to the UN headquarters in New York Ambassador Mansour Al-Otaibi said that his country was keen on supporting the important role played by preventive diplomacy in areas of conflict.

The State of Kuwait had highlighted the issue during its June presidency of the UNSC in the name of safekeeping international peace and security, indicated Al-Otaibi. Mediation is a civilized means to bring on a resolution to any conflict of international proportion and this should be advocated by all countries, added the Kuwaiti diplomat who called on the UNSC to use articles within the UN statute to end conflicts peacefully.

He stressed that negotiations, talks and legal procedures were all better than war and therefore, all countries as well as regional and international entities should aspire for peace and security whether in Africa or elsewhere.

Meanwhile, Ambassador Al-Otaibi commended the role played by Ethiopia and the African Union in aiding parties in Sudan to reach a peaceful resolution to their dispute.

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