Council of Europe high officials attend UN Commission on Status of Women

05.03.2013 - On 4 March, Gilbert Saboya Sunyé, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Andorra and Chairman of the Committee of Ministers, Jean-Claude Mignon, President of the Parliamentary Assembly, and Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, Deputy Secretary General, addressed the UN Commission on the Status of Women, to promote the Istanbul Convention as an efficient and practical tool for governments to prevent and combat violence against women and domestic violence. In her speech, the Deputy Secretary General stressed that the Convention was drafted in Europe, but is not meant for Europe only. Any state can accede to it or use it as a model for national and regional legislation and policies.

High-level bilateral meetings are also on the agenda of the Council of Europe high officials’ visit to New York.

A side event on the Convention’s added value is organised by the Council of Europe and the French Permanent mission to the UN, with the participation of Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, Minister for Women’s Rights and Government Spokesperson of France, and Lakshmi Puri, Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women.

- Speech by Gilbert Saboya Sunyé [fr]
- Side event: Violence against Women: our concern, our response