NGOWG Update

On 26 October 2010, the United Nations Security Council marked the 10th anniversary of resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, the first Council resolution that explicitly recognized the crucial linkages between gender and the maintenance of international peace and security. Unfortunately, implementation of this resolution has been insufficient and inconsistent. As we approach the 11th anniversary of 1325 in October 2011, the United Nations plans to set out its own goals on women, peace and security for the next ten years.

The NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security, a coalition of NGOs who advocate for full implementation of all women, peace and security obligations, is preparing input on this strategic plan, and wants to ensure that as many civil society voices are heard in this process as possible. The goal is to have clear, concerted, and constructive messages from a broad and representative sample of women, peace and security “implementers”.

In short, the NGO Working Group believes it is paramount that the United Nations and the UN Security Council hear your voice: what would you like to see achieved by 2020 on women, peace and security issues?

To that end, the NGO Working Group would like your input on the questions outlined below. You can send your responses by email, or by entering your responses directly into an online survey:

In addition to providing input to the report, the NGO Working Group will also provide everyone who responds to these questions a consolidated version of all the responses, so that you know what the key issues are for your colleagues internationally. In October, the NGO Working Group also plans to publish a policy brief on this issue as a reminder to the international community of what implementation on the ground should look like. More information can be found on the Working Group's website. Please do not hesitate to be in touch with any questions regarding this project by contacting

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