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Women and peace and security: report of the Secretary-General

Publisher: United Nations Security Council
Publication Date: Sep 2010
This report of the Secretary-General of the United Nations Security Council (UNSRC) concerns women, peace and security, and the difficulty of highlighting significant achievements ten years after the adoption of Resolution 1325 (October 2000), which sought to draw attention to the disproportionate suffering of women in areas of armed conflict, and promote women's participation in peace negotiations and post-conflict reconstruction.

Following an introduction, the report presents an overview of progress in implementing the resolution, including information on measures taken to improve, where appropriate, the capacity of member states to implement the resolution, as well as providing information on best practices.

Section three provides an assessment of the processes by which the Security Council receives, analyses and takes action on information pertinent to UNSRC 1325. In section four, the report reviews the implementation and integration of the 2008-2009 System-wide Action Plan for implementing the resolution.

Next, section five presents an update and further development of the set of indicators contained in the report of the Secretary-General of 6 April 2010 (S/2010/173). Section six finishes the report with conclusions and recommendations.

In 2009, the Security Council adopted Resolution 1889, calling for the development of indicators to measure progress on the implementation of its UNSRC 1325. The set of 26 indicators set out in the annex of this report represents the final set resulting from the technical development and the consultation process. Most of the indicators are applicable specifically to contexts of armed conflict, with one third being qualitative and based on systematic reporting parameters. Another third are quantitative, with the remaining indicators drawing information from existing systems such as the Millennium Development Goal database. The indicators chosen include, but are not limited to:
  • Prevention of all forms of violence against women, particularly sexual and gender-based violence
  • Provisions addressing the specific needs and issues of women and girls to be included in early warning systems and conflict prevention mechanisms, and their implementation monitored
  • Inclusion of women and women’s interests in decision-making processes related to the prevention, management and resolution of conflicts
  • Increased representation and meaningful participation of women in formal and informal peace negotiations and peace-building processes
  • Increased representation and meaningful participation of women in national and local governance, as citizens, elected officials and decision makers
  • Safety, physical and mental health of women and girls and their economic security are assured and their human rights respected
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