Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia in partnership with the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA) and the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) organized “Supporting the Women, Peace and Security Agenda in Northeast Asia” regional workshop on June 13-14, 2023, in Ulaanbaatar.
Relevant government officials, as well as experts from the Northeast Asian region participated in this workshop on the implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) and Resolution on Youth, Peace and Security (YPS).
In her opening remarks, Director-General of the Department of Multilateral Cooperation Ms. Mandkhai Batsuren noted that addressing security issues in Northeast Asia, a region with distinctive security dynamics, is one of Mongolia’s foreign policy priorities, and that Women, Peace and Security agenda is highly pertinent to the regional settings. She further noted that Mongolia put forward an initiative on Ulaanbaatar Dialogue to contribute to resolving the regional security challenges through dialogues and negotiation, and informed the participants that the Eighth International Conference of the Ulaanbaatar Dialogue on Northeast Asia will be held on 15-16 June, 2023. Ms. Mandkhai B. also noted that Women, Peace and Security will be discussed in depth at the Female Foreign Ministers Meeting organized at the initiative of H.E.Mrs. Battsetseg Batmunkh, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Mongolia, on 29-30 June 2023.
The workshop participants shared their achievements in each pillar of the WPS Agenda (participation and representation, prevention, protection, as well as relief and recovery) and in the development and implementation of their respective National Action Plans. There were also constructive discussions on engaging and supporting participation of women, civil society, and other stakeholders into the WPS-related policy making, and coordinating more effectively their initiatives and activities.
In addition, the United Nations Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs had hosted previously two workshops on “Supporting the Women, Peace and Security Agenda in Northeast Asia” in Beijing, China, in 2018 and 2019 respectively. It has been participating constantly in the Ulaanbaatar Dialogue international conferences and co-organizing a Youth, Peace and Security panel within the scope of the UBD since 2019.