Monthly Action Points (MAP) for the Security Council: June 2013

Wednesday, June 5, 2013
NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security

United Kingdom's Support for Women, Peace and Security in the Security Council

United Kingdom's stated priorities as a permanent member of the Security Council include conflict prevention and resolution, counterterrorism, and women, peace and security.
United Kingdom's relevant international commitments include: Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (Ratified 4 October 2001); National Action Plan on the Implementation of Resolution 1325 (Launched 8th March 2006, current version published 25 November 2010); Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW): (Ratified 7 April 1986) and its Optional Protocol (17 December 2004).

Recommended Security Council Action Points on Women, Peace and Security

Women, Peace and Security

The Security Council is expected to hold an open debate on women, peace and security, with a particular focus on sexual violence in conflict. Sexual violence in conflict, which can be seen as a failure to implement all elements of the full women, peace and security agenda, requires urgent action on key areas, including women's participation and equality; prevention; response; accountability; and resourcing. The Council can specifically take action by: committing to systematic gender mainstreaming provisions throughout its work; strengthening efforts to end impunity, including through referrals to the International Criminal Court; strengthening the gender components of security sector reform and disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration programs; providing effective support and protection to women-led organizations and women's human rights defenders; taking concrete measures to support women's full and equal participation in all conflict resolution efforts; ensuring that it strongly supports comprehensive multi-sectoral responses, including medical, HIV, access to justice, and psychosocial-health care services for women and girls; and supporting national and regional action on women, peace and security, such as national action plans.

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MAP June 2013