Statement by the United Nations Spokesperson in Cyprus, 09 February 2022
Statement by the United Nations Spokesperson in Cyprus
Nicosia, 09 February 2022 – In response to the request of the United Nations Security Council in its Resolution 2587 (2021), the Greek Cypriot leader, Mr. Nicos Anastasiades and the Turkish Cypriot leader, Mr. Ersin Tatar, have agreed to an Action Plan on ways to ensure women’s full, equal and meaningful participation in the settlement process/an eventual settlement process in Cyprus.
The Action Plan was developed by the Technical Committee on Gender Equality and includes practical recommendations addressing three key questions: how to ensure women’s full, equal and meaningful representation; how to engage with civil society, including women’s organisations in order to solicit their views; and, how to include a gender perspective in the settlement process/an eventual settlement process in Cyprus.
On 27 January in its resolution 2618 (2022), the United Nations Security Council welcomed the joint Action Plan on ensuring women’s participation in peace talks and encouraged the sides to ensure the needs and perspectives of women are addressed in a future settlement.
The Technical Committee on Gender Equality looks forward to presenting the Action Plan and will invite civil society, including women’s organisations, to an online meeting in the near future to initiate a conversation on the way ahead.