2020 - ADVANCING THE WOMEN, PEACE AND SECURITY AGENDA

Ulla SCHMIDT (Germany)

04 June 2020

As 2020 marks the 20th anniversary of the unanimous adoption of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (WPS), this draft general report takes stock of the progress achieved in advancing the implementation of the resolution in the Euro-Atlantic area and beyond and identifies remaining challenges. As such, it offers an overview of developments related to the four main pillars of the WPS agenda over the past two decades. 

First, the draft report discusses the efforts undertaken to ensure the equal participation of women and men in the peace and security sphere. Second, it examines the measures adopted by the United Nations, NATO, NATO PA and other members of the international community to prevent conflict-related gender-based and sexual violence and better protect women. Finally, the draft report highlights the indispensable role played by women in relief and recovery contexts in post-conflict countries. 

This draft report argues that addressing gender inequality and integrating WPS priorities throughout NATO’s three essential core tasks of collective defence, crisis management and cooperative security should remain at the top of the Alliance’s agenda. It offers a series of recommendations on the way forward to further advance the Women, Peace and Security agenda.