This resource was submitted as part of the 1325+10 PeaceWomen initiative to compile a repository of papers dealing with a broad range of issues around the implementation of 1325, as part of the Women, Peace and Security: From Resolution to Action Geneva High-Level Consultation 15-16 September 2010, Geneva.
This Good Practice Guide seeks to contribute positively to the development of an effective and inclusive Irish National Action Plan (NAP) to implement UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 and related commitments on women, peace and security (1820, 1888 and 1889). It draws extensively on recommendations from previous research undertaken by the Joint Consortium on Gender Based Violence, set out in two key reports - Stepping Up Ireland's Response to Women, Peace and Security (2008) and Women, Peace and Conflict: UNSCR Resolution 1325(2009). In addition to providing background information on UNSCR 1325 and Ireland's efforts to implement the resolution, the main purpose of the Guide is to signpost the eight essential steps to achieving an effective and inclusive
National Action Plan.
The final section also contains sample strategic objectives, actions, indicators and targets of the type that we can expect to find in a UNSCR 1325 National Action Plan produced to current international standards. The actual strategic objectives of the Irish National Action Plan should emerge from the kind of consultative process recommended in this Guide. The samples illustrate the form and level of specificity that Government commitments should take in a National Action Plan. As such they are points of departure for discussion in the formulation of proposed objectives rather than proposals perse.
This Guide has been produced by Ireland 1325, a group of leading women's human rights, development, and humanitarian organisations. Ireland 1325 includes civil society participants in the Irish Government's Consultative Group on Ireland's National Action Plan on UN Security Council 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, first convened in February 2010. Based on the initial four months of operation of the consultative group, this Guide highlights key civil society recommendations to the Government and aims to stimulate debate on the Irish National Action Plan on women, peace and security.