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Call to Action on 2015 Commitments

During the 2015 October Open Debate, there were a record-breaking number of statements made by Member States and multilateral institutions – a record 110 statements made over the course of the two-day long debate. Within the statements made, 62 highlighted new and tangible commitments towards the implementation of UNSCR 1325 and the WPS Agenda holistically. The commitments covered a wide range of actions under the WPS Agenda, most notably:

-A high rate of commitment to the implementation and/or ratification of National Action Plans -A strong emphasis on accountability, specifically in support of implementing existing mechanisms to ensure accountability against Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (by peacekeepers, for example). Many also noted the need to integrate accountability towards perpetrators of SGBV/GBV/VAW into sanctions criterion.

While there was a notable increase in language and commitment towards increasing women’s participation, much of the language focused on the role of women’s participation in countering violent extremism. The language on this remains quite vague and often times solely emphasized women’s inclusion in security sector roles. Furthermore, there was a disproportionate emphasis on sexual gender based violence when it came to addressing protection of women. Much needed language and commitments towards protection of women human rights defenders remained nearly non-existent. Finally, within the statements made, there were only 23 financial commitments made directly to the funding of WPS action. Not only were financial commitments quite limited, many just reaffirmed existing financial commitments, rather than dedicating new funding and financing for Women, Peace and Security. As was noted during protests in London this past weekend against potentially increased military action in Syria by the UK, there seems to be an endless amount of funding available for war but never any money for peace – i.e. money for education; for labour development, etc. 

PeaceWomen has posted commitments on this page, as part of our monitoring of the 2015 Women, Peace and Security Security Council debate. Be sure to check this list and hold your government accountable for a holistic agenda!

NGOWG and WILPF - Commitments from October SC Open Debate

Official Security Council Document on 2015 Women, Peace and Security Commitments (S/2015/832)

Member State, United Nations and Civil Society Commitments
African Union

Commitments

Recently embarked upon capacity-building by increasing representation through the training of women peace mediators, women election observers and gender advisers to be deployed in mediation processes and election observation.

Through partnership with civil society organizations and women’s groups, will seek more accountability and focus on the women's agenda in efforts to achieve peace and prosperity in Africa, particularly via Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want.

Albania

Made a statement affirming support for the WPS Agenda, but no specific commitment made.

Algeria

Commitments

Reinforce the participation of women and mainstream the gender perspective in conflict- resolution and peacekeeping operations by providing the necessary training for the mediators and envoys who participate in mediation and ceasefires and in achieving peace and preventive diplomacy.

Ensure that peace agreements include provisions to strengthen the role of women in conflict-resolution, such as the Algiers Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in Mali.

Break the silence and raise awareness so as to prevent sexual violence, protect victims and provide them with the opportunity to be reintegrated into their societies. Must also work to reinforce the legal arsenal to protect the victims and punish the perpetrators of such violence. In addition, encourage civil society to work to change the mentality and improve the economic and social conditions that lead to an increase in sexual violence. emphasize the importance of reporting, protection and prevention by women’s groups, leaders of society, religious leaders, and mass media working in human rights. Also suppotrs the need to take into account incidents of sexual violence in conflict situations and has incorporated such consideratons in all of its special political and peacekeeping missions, as well as in the invetigational framework and other mechanisms.

Reinforce anti-terrorism activities at all levels and support dialogue and combat violent extremism, as confirmed at the conference held in July.

Andorra

Made a statement affirming support for the WPS Agenda, but no specific commitment made.

Angola

 Commitments

Increase the participation of women and integrate gender equality into all stages of peacebuilding processes, including at all decision-making levels.

Provide training and ensure the empowerment of all women, girls and boys, as well as military and policy officers, in peacebuilding processes, both with regard to gender equality and gender-based violence as well as other relevant aspects of resolutions 1325 (2000) and 1820 (2008).

Promote and protect the human rights of women and girls in conflict and post-conflict situations, their economic and social empowerment and their participation in civil society, taking into account the need to prevent and eliminate gender- and conflict-based violence and promote the empowerment of women.

Include a gender perspective in the national budget with a view to fulfilling the commitments established by resolution 1325 (2000).
 

Argentina

Commitments

Develop a proposal to establish a quota of 33 per cent for women at all grades and executive functions within the armed forces; to work jointly with the Auditor General of the Armed Forces to establish the post of Gender Auditor to take forward the process of handling disciplinary matters with a full gender perspective

Implement the Single Registry of Cases of Violence against Women in the proceedings of cases carried out by the armed forces.

Armenia

Made a statement affirming support for the WPS Agenda, but no specific commitment made.

Australia

Commitments

Deploy more women and increase their number in senior decision-making roles; has introduced recruitment targets for women in non-traditional roles; and is developing a gender adviser and female engagement team capability. The Australian Defence Force will also provide a Technical Expert for Women, Peace and Security to UN Women for five years from 2016.

Support new research to be conducted by Monash University in Melbourne on “Preventing Conflict and Countering Fundamentalism through Women’s Empowerment and Civil Society Mobilization”.

In the process of reviewing the NAP.

 

Financial Commitments

Committing an additional AUD 4 million over three years to the Global Acceleration Instrument on Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action bringing total contribution to AUD5.5 million

Azerbaijan

Made a statement affirming support for the WPS Agenda, but no specific commitment made.

Bangladesh

Commitments

The Government is implementing a number of projects to develop women’s capabilities. They include a vulnerable group development programme, collateral-free loans, micro-credit, skills training, including computer skills, product display centres, and so on.

Belgium

Commitments

Committed to continue to implement its national plan and to give political and operational priority to the implementation of resolution 1325 (2000).

Financial commitments

Actively supports the participation of women in DRC and contributes to the implementation of the €2 million UN-Women project there that supports the rights and participation of Congolese women in the framework of resolution 1325 (2000).

Bosnia

Made a statement affirming support for the WPS Agenda, but no specific commitment made.

Brazil

Commitments

Will include measures in areas such as fostering the participation of women in peace missions, further enhancing the relationship between troops and civilians, particularly women and girls in peace operations, and providing humanitarian assistance and technical cooperation to post-conflict countries concerning gender issues. The initiative will complement the provisions of the national policy plan on women, which already embraces the recommendations set out in resolution 1325 (2000), including strict legislation against sexual and gender-based violence.

Canada

Commitments

Supports projects to address the specific needs of women and girls in conflicts and emergencies.

Will plan a strong response to sexual violence in conflict in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo and in Iraq and Syria. Its programming includes providing access to justice for survivors and holding perpetrators to account, including through the deployment of Justice Rapid Response experts.

Financial commitments

$3 million in support of SRSG in SViC over the next three years, recognizing that financing is key to the implementation of the women and peace and security agenda

Chad

Made a statement affirming support for the WPS Agenda, but no specific commitment made.

Chile

Commitments

Committed to strengthening the institutional policy of Chile’s Ministry of National Defence by mainstreaming gender in all predeployment training for peacekeeping operations in which they are involved.

Monitor accountability regarding gender violence among staff serving in United Nations peacekeeping operations within two years, and appoint gender advisers and a national focal point for the implementation of resolution 1325 (2000) in relevant ministries and departments within one year, as well as for receiving and sending information to and from missions.

Establish an observatory, consisting of representatives of civil society, to report on progress in implementing resolution 1325 (2000) in-country.

China

Commitments

To take a series of measures to help developing countries address the challenges facing women and girls in the areas of health and education and will strengthen the training of local women. It will jointly set up with the United Nations, under the relevant fund, a project to support capacity-building for women in developing countries.
 

Colombia

Made a statement affirming support for the WPS Agenda, but no specific commitment made. Supports women candidates for the post of Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Costa Rica

Made a statement affirming support for the WPS Agenda, but no specific commitment made. 

Croatia

Commitments

Currently developing its second national plan, which is expected to be adopted by 2016. The new plan will cover both its domestic and international activities by setting out and strengthening specific measures in the prevention and protection spheres, and with regard to female representation in decision-making activities and processes related to security and peacebuilding.

Commit to further promote gender equality and gender mainstreaming in the context of its foreign, security and defence policies at all levels. It will also commit to nominating women for top-level positions in international and regional peace and security organizations.

Intend to focus specifically on the gender dimension of Croatia’s involvement in peacekeeping missions and operations abroad and to actively promote the participation of female officers and military experts.

Attach specific importance on gender-related elements in predeployment training for civilian and military personnel, including prevention and response to sexual violence and on a zero-tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse.

Will take measures to tackle the underrepresentation of women in political decision-making in order to achieve more balanced participation by women and men in Croatian political bodies and institutions at all levels. It commits to increasing the number of female heads of Croatia’s diplomatic representations. It will accord high priority to the visibility of gender and women and peace and security-related policy and action at national and local levels, as well as ensure coordination among the relevant national actors.

Supports the broad participation of civil society and women’s organizations in all activities related to the women and peace and security agenda. It will promote the women and peace and security agenda within other international organizations and initiatives, in particular within the Equal Futures Partnership during Croatia’s chairmanship in 2016. It commits to providing development and humanitarian assistance with an integrated gender perspective.

Cyprus

Commitment

Commits to continue, through its national action plan on gender equality for the period 2014-2017, to strive to eliminate deeply rooted stereotypes, among the main obstacles to gender equality, and to ensure women’s active participation in peacemaking efforts, as well as to work to increase women’s participation in public and political life, to redouble our efforts in support of women’s increased participation in the peace process and to continue our consultation with civil- society organizations in order to ensure that women’s voices are heard louder and with the attention that the

Czech Republic

Made a statement affirming support for the WPS Agenda, but no specific commitment made. 

Denmark

Commitments

Adopted the third national action plan, for the period 2014-2019 last year, which will continue to emphasize using the untapped potential of women and seek to involve women actively, on an equal basis, in the prevention and resolution of conflicts, in peace negotiations, peacebuilding and peacekeeping, in humanitarian response and in post- conflict reconstruction and commits to concrete actions in order to achieve those ends.

Will focus on promoting women as peacebuilders within Danish-funded programmes in fragile and conflict-affected States.

Military deployments to peacekeeping missions will all receive mandatory training on the role of gender in peace-support operations and will immediately investigate suspected criminal misconduct during deployments and, when relevant, ensure the prosecution of alleged perpetrators. Furthermore, will continue to focus on the recruitment of Danish female officers, including police officers, to international missions, including for leadership functions.

 

Dominican Republic

Commitments

All plans and projects being considered in the context of the national development strategy to 2030 will include gender equality.

Financial commitments

Adopted a programme to ensure that as of 2016, the respective budgets of all State institutions include resources earmarked to acheive gender equality and non-discrimination against women.

Egypt

Made a statement affirming support for the WPS Agenda, but no specific commitment made.

El Salvador

Made a statement affirming support for the WPS Agenda, but no specific commitment made.

Estonia

Made a statement affirming support for the WPS Agenda, but no specific commitment made.

EU

Commitments

Continue to ensure that it focuses on the promotion and protection of the human rights of women and their participation as positive agents of change, peace and development.

Make conflict-resolution and peacebuilding more effective through their protection, while also protecting women in situations of conflict and preventing them from becoming victims or perpetrators.

Encourage the enhancement of the gender dimension through better ongoing synergies in the United Nations peace and security architecture, among the various ongoing United Nations reviews.

Continue to engage in close dialogue and actively support all forms of cooperation with civil society on issues concerning women in conflict and post-conflict situations, and to empower women’s participation and leadership in peacebuilding initiatives.

Will pay particular attention to the protection of women human rights defenders, especially in situations of conflict.

Pledges to improve the way it measures the impact of all of its actions in order to enhance its accountability. In that context, will update indicators for a comprehensive approach to the implementation of resolutions 1325 (2000) and 1820 (2008) to measure more effectively the impact of our action.

Pledge to assume substantial financial commitments, to thoroughly mainstream gender and to include gender-specific actions in all European Union financial instruments, and to allocate more than €100 million over the next seven years to gender equality and women and girls’ empowerment projects.

Finland

Commitments

Will begin preparations for the third national action plan, taking into account the recommendations of the global study and the high-level review and is committed to a joint Nordic initiative called Nordic Women Mediator’s Network, to be established this year Security.

Continue deploying women to peacekeeping operations as military experts in numbers at least equivalent to the proportion of women in our national defence forces. Also aim to increase the number of Finnish female police officers seconded to United Nations peacekeeping operations and stand ready to deploy a specialized unit of 3-4 female police officers to the United Nations by the end of 2016 Peacekeeping: Continuing to provide gender training for all Finnish personnel deployed to peace operations.

Take more robust measures in tackling these cases in order to make the zero-tolerance policy into a zero-case reality by investigating and punishing all cases.

Increase support to UN-Women in order for it to fulfil its leadership role in the promotion and implementation of the women and peace and security agenda.

Financial Commitments

Committed to remain a top donor to UN-Women Continue to dedicate 52% of funding to fragile States remains directed towards activities with a gender focus.

 

France

Commitments

At the political level, committed to strengthening its mobilization to promote the women and peace and security agenda nationally, internationally and regionally. At the national level, we will increase the visibility of our plan of action. France, more than 20 per cent of whose ambassadors are women, is committed to achieving the target of 40 per cent women appointed to high-level diplomatic positions by 2018. That process is well under way.

will pursue our efforts in the Security Council to ensure that the provisions of resolutions on women and peace and security are well represented in the mandates of peacekeeping operations, as they are in the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali and the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic.

Will continue to advocate for the inclusion of women in the Common Security and Defence Policy and to support the protection of women in conflict situations and in crisis resolution.

At the operational level, which, through the deployment of over 900 military and police personnel, is contributing to six peacekeeping operations — is committed to the utmost vigilance and resolve to ensure compliance with the rules laid down by the United Nations in the fight against sexual abuse and respect for human rights. The recruitment, training and deployment of our personnel to operations will continue according to a national process that ensures compliance with these rules. In the case of recent allegations of sexual abuse, our political leaders are deeply committed to the adoption of the most stringent sanctions, in addition to the judicial response, where such cases prove legitimate.

Financial Commitment

Contribute €50,000 to the United Nations Trust Fund in Support of Actions to Eliminate Violence against Women. The most recent biennial General Assembly resolution on the fight against violence against women (resolution 69/147), which France and the Netherlands have led since 2006, calls on States to contribute to the Fund. We hope that other States will follow. This contribution complements the financial support to the tune of €100,000 that France will offer UN-Women to strengthen women’s access to justice.

Gabon

Made a statement affirming support for the WPS Agenda, but no specific commitment made.

Gambia

Made a statement affirming support for the WPS Agenda, but no specific commitment made. 

Georgia

Commitment

On 9 and 10 November Georgia plans to organize an international high-level conference on meeting gender equality challenges and opportunities in the European Neighbourhood Policy in Tbilisi

Germany

Commitments

Will continue to push for the political empowerment of women, and provide adequate capacity-building and incentives. continue to deploy female police and military experts, including specialized teams for the prevention and investigation of sexual and gender-based violence. During its OSCE chairmanship in 2016, it will appoint a Special Representative of the OSCE Chair-in-Office on Gender Issues.

Continue to extend support to civil society organizations dedicated to sheltering victims of sexual violence, a case-in-point being our long-standing support for such an organization in Afghanistan.

Working towards making it easier for women to pursue a career in our armed forces. To this end, a dedicated staff unit in Germany's Ministry of Defense is tasked to develop concrete and practical measures towards reducing gender-specific imbalances.

Weaving the “Women, Peace and Security” agenda into its response to the high number of refugees arriving in Germany. It is investing in services that take into account the specific needs of refugee women and girls. Germany will continue to extend targeted support, through the provision of a nation-wide telephone helpline for instance, to those who have lived through the horrors of sexual violence.

Financial commitments

Contribute a million euros to the International Committee of the Red Cross for use in preventing sexual violence in armed conflicts and in assisting its victims

Greece

Commitment

Strongly committed to actively promoting, in law and in practice, women’s participation in peacebuilding and mediation efforts and have been in close dialogue with civil society concerning the role of women in conflict and post-conflict situations in order to promote women’s leadership in all relevant initiatives.

Guatemala

Made a statement affirming support for the WPS Agenda, but no specific commitment made.

Holy See

Made a statement affirming support for the WPS Agenda, but no specific commitment made. 

Honduras

Made a statement affirming support for the WPS Agenda, but no specific commitment made. 

Hungary

Commitments

Pledges to identify and deploy female military experts, officers and police officers to United Nations peacekeeping and European Union Common Security and Defence Policy missions.

Will be stepping up all efforts aimed at strengthening justice and accountability, by supporting the inclusion of the perpetrators of gross violations of women’s human rights and other forms of gender-based crimes in United Nations and bilateral sanctions.

Will contribute to international initiatives aimed at combating sexual violence in conflicts, particularly against women and girls.
 

Iceland

Made a statement affirming support for the WPS Agenda, but no specific commitment made. 

India

Made a statement affirming support for the WPS Agenda, but no specific commitment made.

Indonesia

Commitments

Will contribute 4,000 Indonesian peacekeepers, including females, and has established a peacekeeping training centre to serve as a national and regional hub for integrated peacekeeping training and a centre of excellence. Gender perspectives have already been embedded in their training curriculums and syllabuses.

Iraq

Made a statement affirming support for the WPS Agenda, but no specific commitment made.

Ireland

Commitments

Intends to partner with Justice Rapid Response-UN Women SGBV Justice Experts Roster to support investigations, prosecutions, and victim recovery in situations of conflict-related gender-based crimes.

Commits to ongoing robust engagement with civil society organisations, international NGOs, academics and independent policy experts as part of NAP implementation

Financial commitments

Will support the Global Acceleration Instrument on Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action by a minimum of €200,000. It is a flexible and rapid financing mechanism that supports quality interventions. It will enhance the capacity to respond to emerging contexts, including crises and emergencies. It will strengthen capacity to seize key peacebuilding opportunities. It will encourage sustainability and national ownership of investments.

Israel

Made a statement affirming support for the WPS Agenda, but no specific commitment made.

Italy

Made a statement affirming support for the WPS Agenda, but no specific commitment made.

Japan

Commitments

Finalized its national action plan on resolution 1325 (2000) last month and has ambitiously set itself 150 goals, which will be regularly monitored. One of the unique features of the plan is its inclusion and emphasis on gender mainstreaming during all phases of natural disaster risk-reduction and response.

Will increase its assistance to the office of Ms. Zainab Bangura, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict

Will take over the role of chair of the Group of Seven next year and will vigorously push forward the women and peace and security agenda during the coming year and beyond

Financial Commitments

-Will furnish approximately $810 million in assistance this year to refugees and internally displaced persons from Syria and Iraq.

Jordan

Commitments

In the process of modifying our plan of action in order to harmonize it with the Sustainable Development Goals (General Assembly resolution 70/1), keeping in mind the current regional context, including the constant flow of Syrian refugees

 Will continue to enhance and guarantee the protection of and respect for the rights of women and girls in our legislation and to promote women’s empowerment so that they may increasingly participate in decision-making. We will also continue to protect the rights of women and girls from all forms of violence, and we will enhance capacities with governmental and non-governmental organizations for the implementation of resolution 1325 (2000).

In the context of international cooperation, we are studying the gender element in security programmes, with a view to creating a strategy to increase the participation of women in security forces in collaboration with NATO.

Kazakhstan

Currently in the process of developing a national action plan.

Latvia

Commitments

Will continue to develop a national policy framework in order to address emerging challenges to achieving gender equality, and to strengthen the legal framework in order to eliminate violence against women and girls.

League for Arab States

Made a statement affirming support for the WPS Agenda, but no specific commitment made.

Liechtenstein

Made a statement affirming support for the WPS Agenda, but no specific commitment made. For Liechtenstein, women’s human rights and empowerment are high priorities in its budget for international cooperation, and hopes that other countries, especially major donors, will continue to take the same approach.

Lithuathia

Commitments

Committed to ensuring an adequate response should sexual exploitation or abuse occur, that is, bringing perpetrators to account, and will pursue expanding the involvement of women in peace operations in both the civilian and military fields.

Committed to supporting national and international accountability mechanisms for the investigation of sexual and gender-based violence and to ensuring that victims are provided with adequate support and redress for the harm they have suffered.
 

Luxembourg

Financial Commitments

Will remain a strong and reliable partner of UN-Women, to which it is one of the top 20 contributors.

Will maintain our high level of financial contribution in the area of gender mainstreaming in the budgets of United Nations agencies.

Pursuing a strategy of taking into account the conditions, priorities and needs of women as part of our official development assistance, which amounts to 1 per cent of our gross national income.

Malaysia

Commitments

With focus on capacity- building in the areas of protection and conflict prevention, specifically commits to continuing capacity-building training for peacekeepers, including on the protection of civilians, gender and cultural diversity, through the Malaysian Peacekeeping Centre.

Presently undertaking efforts to offer relevant technical assistance and cooperation to women from countries in transition and that are newly emerging from conflict, under the auspices of the Malaysian technical cooperation programme. These commitments will be reviewed from time to time and will be adjusted accordingly, taking into account the relevant needs and requirements of both recipients and donors.

Mexico

Commitments

Pledge to make the women and peace and security agenda a fundamental component of our gradual return to peacekeeping operations.

Monaco

Made a statement affirming support for the WPS Agenda, but no specific commitment made.

Montenegro

Made a statement affirming support for the WPS Agenda, but no specific commitment made. 

Morocco

Made a statement affirming support for the WPS Agenda, but no specific commitment made.

Myanmar

Made a statement affirming support for the WPS Agenda, but no specific commitment made.

NATO

Commitments

Pledge to share best practices and valuable lessons learned with our allies and partners on increasing female participation at decision-making levels in our own structures; to accelerate the advancement of women in our own headquarters by establishing a women’s professional network and mentoring programme; to actively encourage allies to submit female candidates for most senior decision-making positions; to strengthen partnership for gender equality with other international organizations, including the United Nations, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the European Union and the African Union.

Financial commitments

Pledge to finance gender-sensitive research aimed at identifying drivers of radicalization and violent extremism; and to develop targeted and evidence-based responses, including empowering women to safeguard communities

Nepal

Commitments

Committed to integrating the national action plan into the mainstream development plan, within the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as well as to further localize the action plan for the benefit of the people on the ground.

 Committed to ensuring that all victims of sexual violence have access to justice as well as to relief benefits and support services.

Will emphasize gender mainstreaming in our recovery, relief and rehabilitation efforts so as to align the implementation of national action plans with the gender-specific recommendations of the various treaty bodies and mechanisms and to engage more men and boys

Netherlands

Commitments

Will issue its third national action plan, the product of a unique platform on which the Government has worked with more than 50 civil society organizations.

Financial commitments

Will be providing €4 million a year to carry out its NAP, supporting organizations on the ground that work to protect and politically empower women in conflict situations.

Continue to provide both diplomatic and financial support to Syrian women’s efforts to present their views on their country’s future in international forums.

New Zealand

Commitments

To take a series of measures to help developing countries address the challenges facing women and girls in the areas of health and education and will strengthen the training of local women. It will jointly set up with the United Nations, under the relevant fund, a project to support capacity-building for women in developing countries.

Nigeria

Commitments

Remains fully and firmly committed to the promotion and protection of the rights of women and girls in conflict and post-conflict situations. It will work assiduously to enhance the participation of women in peace and security initiatives.

Determined to reinforce and implement the principles of resolution 1325 (2000) and, within that context, to address the factors that impact negatively on the lives of women and girls.

Norway

Commitments

Provide funding to the Global Alliance of Women Countering Extremism and Promoting Peace, Rights and Pluralism

Increase the participation of women in peace processes and also now establish a Nordic women mediators’ network.

OECE

Made a statement affirming support for the WPS Agenda, but no specific commitment made.

Organisation of American States

Commitments

Commits to undertaking advocacy efforts to promote the relevance of resolution 1325 (2000), in addition to the other resolutions on women and peace and security, particularly those that address sexual violence in times of conflict and crisis.

Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe

Made a statement affirming support for the WPS Agenda, but no specific commitment made. 

Pakistan

Commitments

As a leading troop contributor, will continue to ensure that its troops respond to the special needs of women and girls. Will also plan to further streamline training on gender sensitization.

Panama

Made a statement affirming support for the WPS Agenda, but no specific commitment made. 

Paraguay

Commitments

Recently finalized its national action plan, which will allow it to implement the mandates set out in resolution 1325 (2000). The national action plan, which will be officially released later in October 2015, is the fruit of the efforts and coordination carried out by various national institutions since 2012, including the Ministry of Women, the Ministry of National Defence, the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, with the valuable support and continuing assistance of UN-Women.

 Pledge to see increase percentage of female participation in awareness programmes and training for peace operations through the efforts of the relevant institutions to promote the greater participation of women in the contingents of peacekeeping missions in which the country is a participant. 

Peru

Commitment

 Commits to work with other States to address the remaining problems in that area, with the goal of achieving a peaceful environment in which all women, without exception, are able to lead full lives free of any form of abuse, in particular in contexts of violence and conflict, where they are most vulnerable. 

Phillipines

Made a statement affirming support for the WPS Agenda, but no specific commitment made.

Poland

Commitments

Continue to support the work of the International Criminal Court, both by sharing its expertise and by contributing financially to the Court’s Trust Fund for Victims.

Financial commitments

Earmark a minimum of 15 per cent of all our future funding for the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund to be dedicated to women’s specific needs, and in particular to advancing gender equality in post- conflict situations.

 

Portugal

Commitments

Commits to promoting increased participation by women in international missions for the strengthening and maintenance of peace and security, and for humanitarian aid and crisis management; to continuing to actively promote the women and peace and security agenda in the main multilateral forums to which Portugal is a party, such as the United Nations, the European Union, the Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and NATO.

Commits to raising awareness in all the relevant international forums of the importance of establishing national actions plans for the implementation of resolution 1325 (2000).

Pledges to providing information for the United Nations indicators in order to track the implementation of resolution 1325 (2000) and for relevant documents on the implementation of the resolution.

Commits to conducting training programmes on gender equality and violence against women and girls, including sexual violence, gender-based violence and trafficking in human beings, for national personnel in the field of justice and for members of the armed and security forces assigned to international peacekeeping missions.

Pledges to including the women and peace and security agenda in Portuguese development aid programmes; and, finally, to continuing to engage with civil society organizations on women and peace and security agenda issues

Qatar

Made a statement affirming support for the WPS Agenda, but no specific commitment made.

Romania

Made a statement affirming support for the WPS Agenda, but no specific commitment made. 

Russia

Commitments

Made a statement affirming support for the WPS Agenda, but no specific commitment made.

Senegal

Made a statement affirming support for the WPS Agenda, but no specific commitment made.

Serbia

Made a statement affirming support for the WPS Agenda, but no specific commitment made.

Slovenia

Commitments

Continue to promote the women and peace and security agenda in our activities in international and regional organizations and to strengthen cohesion among them.

Continue to raise this agenda item in the Human Rights Council, in particular when addressing country situations and within the scope of the Universal Periodic Review mechanism.

Continue to pay particular attention to training and education on women and peace and security in the military, police and judiciary. In 2016, plan to develop a strategy on gender equality in international development cooperation, which will also take into consideration women and peace and security issues.

Promote the role of women in the international peace and security agenda and will strengthen efforts for their protection in conflict situations. (one of the goals of the new national programme on equal opportunities for women and men for the period 2015-2020)

South Africa

Made a statement affirming support for the WPS Agenda, but no specific commitment made.

Spain

Commitments

Update National Action Plan and approve periodic follow-up reports to be submitted to Parliament. Establish national focal points; create an international network of focal points; and involve civil society in designing and providing follow-up to actions.  

Enhance training on gender equality for members of the armed forces and the state security forces, particularly those who are deployed on international missions. Continue to promote the participation of female soldiers in peacekeeping operations and ensure that women are present in mediation teams.

Continue to strictly implement the zero-tolerance policy with regard to incidents of sexual violence involving members of Spanish civilian and military missions abroad.

Financial Commitments

-Increase the percentage of our official development assistance earmarked for women and peace and security.

-Contribute to funding the Gender Unit within the Department of Political Affairs of the Secretariat in 2016.

-In 2016, make a contribution of €1 million to the new Global Acceleration Instrument for Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action and the multi-agency Fund for Action against Sexual Violence in Conflict.

 

Sri Lanka

Made a statement affirming support for the WPS Agenda, but no specific commitment made.

Sweden(Nordic)

Commitments

Commits to strengthening women’s human rights, improving their access to resources and increasing their representation, in times of war and in times of peace.

Recently revised national action plan will make women’s participation in peace and security a top priority.

Switzerland

Commitments

Increase commitment through humanitarian and development activities as well as through the promotion of programmes to promote peace and address the past. Also, support, inter alia, UN-Women’s Justice Rapid Response, based in Geneva, which is aimed at enabling the quick and thorough investigation of accusations of sexual violence.

Call for zero tolerance for preventing and punishing sexual abuse by UN personnel servince in PKOs.

Actively support the implementation of inclusion of WPS Agenda in the UN PoA on preventing violent extremism.

Financial commitments

$4 million over the next four years to be provided to the the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund, the first global effort to support local initiatives aimed at strengthening resilience against violent extremism.

Tanzania

Commitments

Plans to fully domesticate all women’s rights treaties and develop a stand-alone act on violence against women.

Will promote and support financing for the sustainable implementation of national and local authority plans to end violence against women and children and ensure harmonized protection at all levels.

Will ensure that the principle of 50-50 representation of women and men — gender equality — in all key decision-making positions is achieved. It will continue its dedication to the implementation of resolution 1325 (2000).

Thailand

Commitments

Government agencies have undertaken the rigorous process of drafting a national action plan on women and peace and security. A draft of that plan is currently undergoing a public- hearing process.

Trinidad and Tobago

Made a statement affirming support for the WPS Agenda, but no specific commitment made. 

Tunisia

Made a statement affirming support for the WPS Agenda, but no specific commitment made. 

Turkey

Made a statement affirming support for the WPS Agenda, but no specific commitment made.

UK

Commitments

Promote the active participation of women in such peacebuilding discussions through political and/or financial support. Provide support, including lobbying, at the highest levels, to ensure that women’s voices are represented in wider peace processes, negotiations and State-building. We will also provide support at the local levels so as to build the capacity of women to participate effectively.

Ensure that all future relevant military doctrine is gender-sensitive. By November 2016, all United Kingdom troops deployed on overseas missions will receive training on women and peace and security and on preventing sexual violence.

Ensure that, by September 2016, all our early warning and joint conflict analysis and assessment tools are fully gender-sensitive.

Drive forward the preventing sexual violence in conflict initiative, by tackling impunity for sexual violence crimes, while ensuring widespread implementation of the international protocol on the documentation and investigation of sexual violence in conflict.

Encourage greater support for survivors, including children and men, and we will work with other Governments to deliver a more effective multilateral response. Champion the road map to action to protect women and girls in emergencies and help secure positive outcomes for women and girls at the World Humanitarian Summit in 2016.

Continue to provide technical and other support to help other Governments develop, implement and measure the impact of their own action plans on resolution 1325 (2000) and also help Iraq and Afghanistan implement their action plans.

Ensure that overseas work to counter violent extremism includes upstream activity targeted specifically at women. Women will be at the centre of the delivery of programming of overseas extremism work, both nationally and locally.

Financial Commitments

Contribute $1 million of start-up funding to the Global Acceleration Instrument for Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action to help address the global deficit in funding for the implementation of the resolution.

Provide additional funding of over $800,000, each year for two years, to support new research at the Centre for Women, Peace and Security at the London School of Economics, bringing total Government funding from the United Kingdom for the Centre to over $3 million.

 

Ukraine

Made a statement affirming support for the WPS Agenda, but no specific commitment made.

UN WOMEN

Made a statement affirming support for the WPS Agenda, but no specific commitment made.

United Arab Emirates

Commitments

Committed to advancing sustainable peace by promoting and respecting women and girls’ human rights and meaningfully integrating women within all efforts to prevent, resolve and rebuild from conflict.

Financial commitments

Will allocate $500,000 to UN-Women, to be utilized in countering extremism within the context of the women and peace and security agenda.

Will host a conference in Abu Dhabi in February with the United Nations High-Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing.

Uruguay

Commitments

Will continue contributing to the implementation of the agenda and will step up its efforts. First, we will maintain an above-average percentage of women deployed in peacekeeping missions.

Will continue the mandatory predeployment training of troops who will be engaged in preventing and responding to violence, exploitation and sexual abuse.

Commits to rigorously apply the zero-tolerance policy in cases of misconduct, particularly with regard to cases of sexual exploitation and abuse.

US

Commitments

As part of this national action plan, the U.S. will be assisting other nations in their own efforts, announcing new commitments to that end totalling $31 million. This includes more than $40 million for initiatives to protect women from violence and promote their participation in peace processes and decision-making, as well as more than $8 million to implement Secretary of State Kerry’s accountability initiative to fight impunity for sexual violence in the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Liberia.

Another $1 million will be allocated to a justice initiative based in South Kivu province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It seeks to educate 50,000 women on their human rights and how to use basic judicial procedures.

Venezuela

Made a statement affirming support for the WPS Agenda, but no specific commitment made.

Vietnam/ASEAN

Made a statement affirming support for the WPS Agenda, but no specific commitment made.

Zimbabwe