Austria released a second revised National Action Plan (NAP) in 2012, the effectiveness of which will be reviewed in 2016 in cooperation with civil society. The Austrian government developed its first National Action Plan in 2007. The second NAP complements other national policy objectives seeking to mainstream gender and UNSCR 1325 and 1820, including the National Action Plan on Combating Human Trafficking and the Strategic Guideline on Security and Development. The development of the NAP was led by the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs, the Federal Chancellery, the Federal Ministry of the Interior, the Federal Ministry of Justice, the Federal Ministry of Defence and Sports, and the Austrian Development Agency
Austria has no recent history of armed conflict and does not face any external armed threat, but is a key contributor to UN peacekeeping missions and provider of international aid and humanitarian assistance. As such, the Austrian NAP has been interpreted in a largely international way, seeking to implement UNSCR 1325 and coordinate humanitarian, diplomatic, peacekeeping and development policy activities. Critical issues of concern include preventing gender-specific violence, and protecting the needs of women and girls within peace missions, humanitarian operations, and in camps for refugees and the internally displaced.
The updated NAP contains that same objectives as the first, but after a lack of civil society engagement throughout the initial NAP, the role of civil society in monitoring and implementation has increased. Individual ministries will be responsible for the financing of the activities in the NAP based on its relevance and their budgets. Lastly, there is no specific mention of disarmament in this NAP.
More information about Austria's engagement around UNCR1325 can be found here>>