Increasing Momentum for UNSCR 1325 National Action PlansMay 10th 2009
On April 24, 2009, Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and current President of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative, and Ambassador Swanee Hunt, Chair of The Institute for Inclusive Security, convened a group of prominent government, United Nations, and civil society leaders in New York to discuss strategies for increasing the development and implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325) National Action Plans (NAPs) and to encourage creative international cooperation on NAPs.
The meeting bolstered gains made at a June 2008 meeting, ???Making the Case for Security Council Resolution 1325,??? and the March 2009 International Colloquium on Women???s Leadership, Empowerment, International Peace and Security, in Monrovia, Liberia.
The meeting also feeds into several events in the next 18 months. The first is the European Commission meeting on ???Twinning of 1325 National Action Plans??? this October/November under the Swedish presidency. It will also provide valuable groundwork for the African Great Lakes Regional Meeting on UNSCR 1325 NAPs in February 2010 in Kigali that will explore the potential for using UNSCR 1325 NAP development as a tool in regional peace-building. These events are critical in the build up to the 10th anniversary of UNSCR 1325 in October 2010.
National Action Plans (NAPs) for the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325) recognize the empowerment of women as a critical strategy for achieving peace and development, and set out a given nation???s strategy for developing more inclusive and effective security policies. Currently, thirteen countries have developed National Actions Plans for implementing UNSCR 1325: Austria, Belgium, Cote D???Ivoire, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Liberia, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
NAPs are an increasingly important way to link disparate groups in civil society???including conflict-affected women???and government to build a common agenda that guides a nation???s efforts to create sustainable peace. Liberia, Ireland and Timor Leste are linking the formulation of their NAPs to maximize cross-learning among states; ensure that the priorities of conflict-affected women are reflected in the plan; and re-balance the relationship between donor and recipient countries into a more equitable one that recognizes the wealth of experience that exists in each place. In addition, Finland is in the process of identifying an African partner with which to twin.
Background: UNSCR1325 and 1820
UNIFEM Powerpoint Presentation [27 Slides, 825kb]
UNIFEM Handout: Women's Participation in Peace Negotiations [9 pages, 206kb]
UNIFEM Handout: Funding for women???s needs within Post Conflict Needs Assessments (PCNAs) [1 page, 76kb]
Comparing National Action Plans for UNSCR 1325 [1 page, 42kb]
Call to Action on the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 [1 page, 85kb] - Adopted in Monrovia, Liberia; 8th March, 2009
Securing Equality: Engendering Peace [78 pages, 1.18mb] - A UN-INSTRAW Guide to policy and planning on women, peace and security (UN SCR 1325)