This conference is being run in association with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Australian Civil-Military Centre (ACMC) and UN Women
Thirteen years have passed since United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325) was adopted on 31 October 2000, followed by a handful of subsequent resolutions on women, peace and security (WPS)1 In support of the UN Secretary-General’s (UNSG) 2010 seven-point action plan on Women’s Participation in Peacebuilding and the UNSC’s resolutions on WPS, the conference was convened to provide an expert forum to:
identify constraints and opportunities;
consider lessons learned and build on best practice;
discuss ways forward for effective implementation.
The roundtable, off-the-record meeting was attended by some 60 participants from international and regional bodies, including policymakers and practitioners; representatives of non-governmental organisations (NGOs); human rights advocates; academics; and military and other specialists with expertise in women’s participation in peacebuilding, mediation and conflict resolution. The conference was structured into sessions focusing on the seven different commitments that figure in the UNSG’s action plan.
I found the discussions lively, interactive and intelligent. What I particularly appreciated was the fact that you deliberately put together not only a diverse group but also one that brought together older women (like myself) and lots of younger women, full of enthusiasm and energy but also frustration, together.