The UK launched its third National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security in 2014 for the period 2014 - 2017. The NAP was based on a draft revising the second NAP released after the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict held in London in June of 2014. The Foreign Office, Department for International Development and the Ministry of Defense jointly own the Plan. Civil Society played an important role in the developmental process; however, CSOs are not mentioned in the monitoring and evaluation plan. While references to disarmament remain missing from the third NAP, the updated NAP includes a section on the establishment of clear guidance on spending for the work described in the NAP.
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK) is both directly and indirectly involved in several international conflicts, including in Lybia, Afghanistan and Iraq. Even though the internal conflict in Northern Ireland ended in 1998, the peace process in Northern Ireland is still underway and remains highly fragile. The difficult issue is that the UK Government denies that there was a conflict; however, women's organisations have been lobbying for years to have the UK recognise the applicability of UNSCR 1325 in Northern Ireland because of the conflict that took place.
To date, the NAP keeps an international focus negatively affecting the situation in Northern Ireland and the role of women in the country. "Building equality between women and men in countries affected by war and conflict is at the core of the UK’s national security and that of the wider world - it is necessary to build lasting peace," says the statement of intent.