On 18 November 2013, Anne-Marie Esper Larsen, the newly appointed representative of the United Nations Agency for gender equality and for women empowerment in Bosnia and Herzegovina (UN Women in BiH), met with the Commander of EUFOR, Major General Dieter Heidecker, at the EUFOR Headquarters in Camp Butmir.
The UN and EUFOR share the same goal when it comes to improving the position of women in the area of peace and security in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325. UNSCR 1325 and subsequent resolutions reaffirm the important and indispensible role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts, peace negotiations, peace-building, peacekeeping, and post-conflict reconstruction. These resolutions also underline the importance of women’s equal participation and full involvement in all efforts for the maintenance and promotion of peace and security.
On 18 November 2013 EUFOR Capacity Building and Training (CB&T) Branch began a Cabling Course for the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina (AF BiH) at Rajlovac barracks. The course began with an opening ceremony attended by representatives from the AF BiH Operational Command and Tactical Support Brigade, the EUFOR Deputy Chief of Staff (Head) of the Capacity Building and Training Division (CBTD), Colonel Ahmet Gonel, and the EUFOR Chief of Training, Lieutenant Colonel Johan Bouhuys.
On 15 November 2013 an Austrian Mobile Mentoring Team (MMT) completed their mission for 2013 and left Bosnia and Herzegovina after completing a successful two month mission. This also marks the end of this year’s EUFOR Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear training for the Armed Forces of BiH (AF BiH). The 3-man Austrian team mentored and monitored 2 courses over a period of 5 weeks.
On 15 November 2013 a EUFOR Communications and Information Systems (CIS) course completed with a closing ceremony. The Turkish Mentoring Team awarded all 17 students and 3 instructors with a certificate for successfully completing the course. The ceremony was attended by representatives of the AF BiH Operational Command and Tactical Support Brigade and the EUFOR Chief of Training, Lieutenant Colonel Johan Bouhuys.
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Arms, Ladies and Gentlemen! As SNR of the Luxembourg Contingent and the EUFOR HQ RSM, the time has come to say goodbye to you today. Let me start with a short historical overview about Luxembourg’s participation in the Balkans:
Gender equality is a fundamental principle of the EU Common Foreign and Security Policy. Over the last decade, the United Nations Security Council has adopted seven resolutions on women, peace and security - highlighting some of the particular impacts of armed conflict on women and calling on states and UN institutions to ensure the full inclusion of women and their needs and perspectives in peace-building. UN Security Council Resolution (SCR) 1325 particularly recognizes the negative impacts that armed conflict has on women and the underlines the importance of contributions that women can make to peace, security and reconciliation.
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