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Saturday, 25th September 2010, 9:30am – 12:00pm; UN Headquarters, New York, CR 4 (TNLB)
In preparation for the 10th anniversary of resolution 1325, this event – open to all UN members – aimed to provide an opportunity for Member States, UN agencies and civil society partners to move beyond reaffirming our common commitment to demonstrating concrete actions to achieve the women, peace and security agenda.
“A 1325 Call to Action” introduced the idea of commitments for action and invited relevant actors to showcase initiatives – at national, regional and international levels – for strong, time-bound and measurable means to advance the women, peace and security agenda. Member States, UN Agencies and civil society partners were encouraged to highlight initiatives, including joint initiatives, which address some of the key challenges and gaps in our implementation of resolution 1325 and its related resolutions.
The event was co-hosted by the Secretary General of the United Nations, Ministers of Austria, Canada (as Chair of the Group of Friends of Women, Peace and Security), Bangladesh, Chile, Liberia, Namibia, Sierra Leone and the United Kingdom, and the UN Civil Society Advisory Group on Women, Peace and Security, represented by its Co-chair Mary Robinson, also acted as the moderator of this event.
During the event, 32 Member States made statements, as well as representatives from the EU, NATO and ICRC. UN speakers included the Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon (who opened the statements session), UNIFEM (part of UN Women) and UNDP. Four representatives from civil society strongly urged governments to make commitments to improving the lives of women in conflict and post-conflict.
The event launched the commitments project, an initiative that aims to assess the degree of implementation of 1325. The commitments database is an important accountability tool being hosted by the PeaceWomen Project (WILPF).
We heard resounding messages from all speakers that “our achievements have not met expectations.” The Secretary-General stated that there is a clear need to transform the rhetoric of 1325 into real action. The commitments initiative and database can be a useful tool to ward the fulfillment of this goal. However, few States made clear-cut time-bound commitments. Although, several did state that they are currently formulating these commitments and will present them at the Open Debate.
Several Member States did refer to their own National Action Plans or their plan to prepare one in the future. Further statements included references to combating violence against women – Uganda, Estonia, and Australia to name a few – while other Member States declared their commitment to provide funding – Sweden, Norway, Finland. Germany, Bangladesh, Uganda, committed to increasing the number of women peacekeepers and/or pre-deployment training.
“The time of the 10th anniversary is the time for concrete commitments”, the Secretary-General stated. He added, “We must review progress against reliable indicators. But all these commitments will not make the difference we need without increased resources. Civil society groups can not plan and implement their programmes when funding is not enough, or is unreliable because of donors' shifting priorities. I urge those with the power to mobilize resources for this work to do so.”
Mary Robinson called for the commitments to address gaps in the implementation of SCR 1325 and respond directly to the needs of women in countries that experienced conflict. Commitments should be: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound.
For additional information, please view the attached documents, including the Background Note, Event Reminder as well as Overall Summary.
Photo Source: UN Photo/Ky Chung