On the 25th of October the UN Security Council will convene a ministerial-level open debate in the Women, Peace and Security agenda, chaired by Brazil, with a focus on the theme ‘Women’s participation in international peace and security: From theory to practice’. UN Member States, including the Kingdom of the Netherlands, will reflect on possible bias of implementation efforts, reaffirm the importance of UNSC resolution 1325 (2000) and set goals in preparation for its 25th birthday in 2025, particularly with regard to some of its core commitments, namely:
- The full, equal and meaningful participation of women in peace processes and decision-making in conflict situations and the systematic use of a gender perspective in the negotiation and implementation of peace agreements at the UN, the international and national levels;
- Respect for international law applicable to the rights and protection of women and girls by parties to armed conflict, including special measures to support survivors and end impunity, as well as accountability for sexual exploitation, harassment and abuse;
- Efforts to ensure that Security Council deliberations and decisions take account of gender issues and women`s rights, including consultation with local and international women`s groups.
Among others the UN Secretary-General António Guterres will brief the council on the current state of WPS implementation. He will present some of the main outcomes from the UNSG 2022 report on WPS. The report notes fe that:
- Women in peace processes in 2022 represented 16% of conflict party delegations in UN- led or coled peace processes, down from 19% in 2021, and 23% in 2020
- Military spending continues to go up while progress on the SDGs, including Goal 5, is in peril.
- No substantial progress has been made in increasing funding for women’s organizations or the percentage of women in peace negotiations,
- while there is greater attention to threats and violence faced by women human rights defenders, such violence remains on the rise.
The WPS Open Debate can be followed via UN WebTV the entire day the 25th of October (New York day time).
In the margins of the Open Debate different Permanent Missions in New York, governments, UN organizations and civil society organizations will host side events. Find below two side events of NAP 1325 signatories.
During the WPS Open Debate, NAP 1325 Signatory WO=MEN will host 2 side-events:
- 24th of October - WPS Side-event: "The Nexus Between the WPS Agenda and the Elections Unpacked: Women's Participation in Elections in the DRC, South Sudan and Other Contexts".
- 27th of October - WPS Side-event: 'Communities at the core: Localising the women and peace and security agenda to ensure meaningful and diverse women's participation'