On Thursday (21 May), Security Council members held a closed Arria-formula meeting, organised by Spain, focused on key women, peace and security recommendations to the Security Council from the upcoming Global Study on the implementation of UNSCR Resolution 1325, the High-Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations and the Review of the Peacebuilding Architecture. Council members were expected to receive briefings from Radhika Coomaraswamy, lead author of hte 1325 Global Study; Ambassador Gert Rosenthal who heads the Peacebuilding review; and Ameerah Haq, Vice-Chair of the Peace Operations panel.
It is understood that the meeting provided members of the three panels with an opportunity to present findings from their respective reviews on how the Council can support improvement in the UN's implementation of women, peace and security commitments. Panel speakers addressed common gaps in the implementation of the women, peace and security agenda, such as the lack of sustained leadership and resources committed to implementation - both at UN headquarters and by mission leadership in the field.
Coomaraswamy's overarching message regarding the 1325 Global Study was that women's inclusion and participation is central to long-term peace and security. Other broad themes that were expected to have been discussed include: financing; strenghtening of women's participation and civil society/community engagement; greater accountability for Special Envoys; and reviews of specific peace operations and the overall peacebuilding architecture.
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