Ambassador Hall’s Remarks at “Women, Peace and Security Capacity Building Conference”


Ambassador Hall’s Remarks at “Women, Peace and Security Capacity Building Conference”
Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania, Gedimino pr. 53, Vilnius
November 29, 2018

Chairman Simulik, fellow ambassadors, members of civil society, distinguished guests:

I am delighted to join you today at the Women, Peace and Security Capacity Building Conference.  It is wonderful to see so many international experts gathered to discuss the role of women in peacebuilding and security.  I am especially delighted to welcome such a strong American delegation joining us here today, including representatives from the State Department, Department of Homeland Security, European Command, and civil society.

With the global challenges that face us today, our work together is more important than ever.   Women are already leaders in a wide variety of fields; and in the security sector, we must continue to cultivate an environment in which women have a seat at the table, and are celebrated for what they bring to that table.

In 2000, the United Nations adopted its landmark Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security, highlighting the key role women play in preventing violence and promoting stability in the world.  In 2005, National Action Plans became the tools through which countries could put this agenda into practice.  To date, over 75 countries have such plans.

We welcome this conference as an important opportunity to exchange ideas and share best practices with one another.  Together, we can all build a better strategy for success.  I can’t think of a better place to meet to discuss this topic, in a country led by a renowned woman president.

For the United States, this subject is particularly important.  I am proud that in 2017, President Trump signed the Women, Peace and Security Act, comprehensive legislation that codified U.S. commitment to including women as equal partners in promoting security and responding to conflict.  By supporting women’s active participation and empowerment in tackling security challenges, we all benefit.

I thank you all for the work you have done and your continued efforts to ensure our common security and well-being.  I wish you a very successful conference – and look forward to the results.

Thank you.

Photos by Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania