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The United States Supports the Full Inclusion of Women in Disarmament

The vital importance of women's participation in disarmament, conflict prevention and peace-building was the focus of a plenary session of the Conference on Disarmament at the United Nations Office at Geneva May 19.  

Ambassador Robert Wood, U.S. Permanent Representative to the CD, said the United States believes the participation of women is absolutely essential to international peace and security and to our own national security.  "Wherever you look in the field of international security, American women have made their presence known," Wood said.  "From negotiating a historic agreement with Iran, locking down nuclear material all over the globe, or negotiating cuts in U.S.-Russian strategic nuclear stockpiles, the common thread is that professional women from the United States played an indispensable role." 

U.S. Mission Photo/Eric Bridiers

Ambassador Wood: “Including women and their perspectives in our conflict prevention efforts, our efforts to end wars and bring about just and sustainable peace, our efforts to protect civilian populations and hold accountable those that commit war crimes and crimes against humanity, is absolutely essential to international peace and stability, and to U.S. national security.”

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