National Implementation of the UN Security Council's Women, Peace and Security Resolutions

Policy Brief published by NOREF, Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre, March 2013

Transitional Justice Institute Research Paper No. 13-06

6 Pages Posted: 3 Dec 2013

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Aisling Swaine

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Centre for Women, Peace and Security

Date Written: December 3, 2013

Abstract

The implementation of the women, peace and security resolutions of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) faces ongoing challenges. National action plans (NAPs) have been developed as a means to address the implementation gap, with 40 such NAPs developed by UN member states to date. NAPs aim to enable states’ commitments under the various UNSC resolutions to become the actions they take in both domestic and foreign policy. Stand-alone NAPs offer significant opportunity to advance the national implementation of the women, peace and security (WPS) agenda. They also present risks, however, most notably in terms of how strategic provisions of the various WPS resolutions are translated into actions in an action plan. Successful implementation of the WPS agenda is thus not just contingent on the adoption of an NAP, but the proper implementation of that NAP. This policy brief provides an overview of the key opportunities and constraints presented by NAPs and the action planning process itself, and concludes with a range of recommendations for enhancing the development and implementation of NAPs for the overall fulfilment of the WPS agenda.

Keywords: UN Security Council, peace and security, UNSCR 1325

Suggested Citation

Swaine, Aisling, National Implementation of the UN Security Council's Women, Peace and Security Resolutions (December 3, 2013). Policy Brief published by NOREF, Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre, March 2013, Transitional Justice Institute Research Paper No. 13-06, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2362757

Aisling Swaine (Contact Author)

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Centre for Women, Peace and Security ( email )

Houghton Street
London, WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom

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