Security Council

Council Debates Women, Peace and Security - October 28 2014 - UN Photo (Amanda Voisard)

Does the UN Security Council have a real gender perspective? Does the Council do what it says it will do? This is what the Women, Peace and Security Programme monitors and analyses in this section. 

As the body responsible for maintenance of international peace and security, the Security Council has an obligation to implement and fulfill its own commitments. The Council has adopted 8 resolutions on Women, Peace and Security: SCR 1325 (2000), 1820 (2008), 1888 (2008), 1889 (2009), 1960 (2010), 2106 (2013), 2122 (2013), and 2242 (2015). The global implementation of these resolutions is reviewed annually in Open Debates and at milestone dates such as 2010 and 2015. 

Monitoring matters for accountability. There is often a lack of political will and no systematic mechanisms for implementation in the Council. The Security Council must internalise the Women, Peace and Security Agenda in its daily work on country and thematic issues. When the Council mandates a peacekeeping mission, it must include binding language on women’s participation, women’s protection and other aspects of Women, Peace and Security. Progress has been made, but it remains inconsistent. 

PeaceWomen’s Security Council Monitor tools monitor this work through Resolution Watch, Report Watch, and Debate Watch. PeaceWomen also monitors Arria Formula meetings, the meetings of the 2242 Informal Expert Group on Women Peace and SecuritySecurity Council Missions, and Presidential Statements. The Women, Peace and Security Analysis, Advocacy & Forecast and Milestones sections take an in-depth look at the agenda within the Council, including the global indicators, challenges and progress. In 2016, Peacewomen launched the Women, Peace and Security Scorecard to track the implementation efforts of the five permanent Security Council member-states.

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