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In the 2004 Secretary-General report on the implementation of Security Council Resolution 1325, Kofi Annan called for all UN Member States to develop National Action Plans to ensure implementation of the Resolution.
More than twenty two countries have heeded this call. However, only a small number of these are conflict affected countries.
The UK Government released an updated version of the UK NAP in 2010.
The updated UK NAP is structured in three sections:
(1) National Action – covering action in the UK that the FCO, MoD and DfID will take to support women, peace and security issues on an international level. It covers issues relating to: research and evidence base, funding commitments, training for staff and military personnel, operations and reporting.
(2) Bilateral Action – covering action that HMG will take in individual countries. The Plan has three country-specific actions plans for: (a) Afghanistan, (b) Democratic Republic of Congo, and (c) Nepal.
(3) Multilateral Action – covering action that the UK will take in multilateral organisations, with a particular focus on the work the UK does in the UN Security Council.
for the GAPS response to the updated UK NAP.
The 2006 UK National Action Plan on women, peace and security
HMG launched the original UK National Action Plan on International Woman’s Day (8th March) 2006. The strategy links humanitarian, conflict, defence and diplomacy work, all of which are important to conflict resolution and peacebuilding. The 2006 UK National Action Plan includes, among others, the following action points:
- ensuring gender perspectives in all Security Council mandates for peacekeeping / peacebuilding operations
- ensuring planning for UN Peace Support Operations includes gender components
- continuing to deploy UK female military and police personnel in peace support operations
- auditing of UK armed forces PSO training to ensure it deals adequately with the areas covered by UNSCR 1325 and
- including programming on women's issues in strategies under the Africa and Global Conflict Prevention Pools e.g. in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the UK supports the electoral commission and women's organisations in developing a shared strategy and action plans to ensure women's full participation in the elections as voters, potential leaders, civic educators and election observers
Who implements the UK National Action Plan?
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), Ministry of Defence (MOD), Department of International Development (DFID), and other government departments are equal partners in the development of the National Action Plan. HMG posts updates of the UK NAP on the FCO website on a biannual basis.
GAPS continues to advocate that the UK Government support conflict affected countries to develop their own action plans in consultation with local women’s organisations. We also lobby for the effective implementation of the UK NAP by HMG and for the thorough monitoring and evaluation of its work and its impact at the national and international levels.
Other countries with National Action Plans on women, peace and security include:
United States (2011)
Sierra Leone (2009)
Côte D'Ivoire (2008)
The Netherlands (2007)
A full list of National Action Plans can be found on the Peace Women portal