“It’s important to be aware of what’s going on in the world and to think about how you can start to make a difference, even when you’re a kid.”
On 30 July, 2015 the Security Council held an open debate on security issues facing Small Island and Developing State
Voices Against Militarism in South Asia
The issue of women and girls being the targets of rape during war was long considered a taboo subject. Despite publicized incidents in countries such as Bosnia, dealing with gender-specific discrimination was for a long time left to chance when it came to peacebuilding. A breakthrough was not reached until October 2000 when, following a year-long civil society campaign, the UN Security Council’s Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security was adopted. Many countries responded to this new commitment by drawing up their own National Action Plan (NAP) – including Switzerland, which approved its first NAP along with corresponding courses of action and indicators in 2007.
This paper focuses on 1) how peacebuilding and gender promotion agendas have evolved in Switzerland, 2) how the two activities interact, and 3) the achievements of UN Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security. While exploring these issues, the paper's authors zero in on the activities of swisspeace’s Centre for Peacebuilding (KOFF) and conclude that gender considerations need to feature prominently in peacebuilding efforts.
In many ways, UN peace operations have become more professional and capable over the past decade but significant chronic challenges remain. Resources for prevention and mediation work have been scarce and the United Nations is often too slow to engage with emerging crises. Too often, mandates and missions are produced on the basis of templates instead of tailored to support situation-specific political strategies, and technical and military approaches come at the expense of strengthened political efforts. This report recomments the Secretariat and missions to carry out gender-sensitive analysis and integrate gender expertise in all peace processes.
This report highlights four essential shifts that must be embraced in the future of UN peace operations:
1. Politics must drive the design and implementation of peace operations
2. The full spectrum of UN peace operations must be used more flexibly to respond to changing needs on the ground
3. A stronger, more inclusive peace and security partnership is needed for the future
4. The UN Secretariat must become more field-focused and UN peace operations must be more people-centred