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Member States

As of September 2019, WILPF analysis shows that 82 UN Member States (41% of all UN Member States) have UNSCR 1325 National Action Plans (NAPs). Several NAPs have been announced over the course of 2019. Norway launched its 2019-2022 NAP in January 2019. In February 2019, Armenia announced that it has finalised its first NAP, and in April 2019, Namibia announced its new NAP. Additionally, at a high-level WPS Commitments event held on 23 April 2019, nine Member States committed to developing their first-ever NAPs in advance of October 2020. Finally, the United States published its strategy on Women, Peace and Security in June 2019, with an implementation plan to follow. The most recent NAP was adopted on 12th September 2019 by Lebanon.

Despite this progress, of the NAPs adopted to date, only 34 (43%) include an allocated budget for implementation in the NAP upon its release. Furthermore, only 23 (28%) include references to disarmament and provide specific actions to disarm society and control the illicit trade of small arms. Finally, 57 NAPs (70%) explain the process for monitoring and evaluation of the NAP implementation. Despite some of the countries’ recent history of conflict or involvement in military intervention and arms trade, there is insufficient analysis and consideration of the connection between disarmament, gender equality and violence.   

There are 11 Regional Action Plans (RAPs) in place as well, such as the one of the African Union and of the European Union. Regional coordination efforts also include the Asia-Pacific Regional Symposium on National Action Plans on Women, Peace and Security where the Member States, alongside civil society representatives, share their lessons learned and best practices in the implementation of UNSCR 1325.