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).
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.