2015 High Level Review: Actions & Events

 UN Women/Ryan BrownMany events took place leading up to the High-Level Global Review, including Global Open Days around the world and consultation sessions with civil society in New York and in The Hague. 

For more information on the High-Level Review, click here>>

For more information on WILPF's engagement in the month of Women, Peace and Security action, click here>>

WPS Week 1: October 5-10, 2015

Monday 5 October, 10:00-13:00 -- Women’s Rights in Conflict: Evidence and Recommendations (organized by Human Rights Watch, Uruguay, Canada, and UN Women), UNHQ Conference Room 3

Tuesday, 6 October, 18:30 --  Briefing on "ISIS and its impact on women” (organised by United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the UN Women for Peace Association),  UNHQ, Conference Room 6

WPS Week 2: October 12-16, 2015

·         Tuesday 13 October, 10:00--? -- High-Level Review on Women, Peace, and Security (UNHQ Security Council)

·         Wednesday 14 October 2015, 9:00-10:30 -- Bridging the agendas: Women, Peace and Security and Preventing Violent Extremism (organized by Switzerland and UN Women, UNHQ Dining Room, 4th floor)

·         Wednesday, 14 October, 9:00 - 11:00 -- High-Level Event on 15 Years of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda in Africa: Stocktaking & Perspectives (co-organised by UN-Women, the AU, and OSAA, UNHQ CR12)

·         Wednesday 14 October, 10:00-11:45 -- Side Event on Young Women, Peace & Security (organized by Germany, Cordaid, GNWP, PBSO, UNFPA, UNDP, UNOY, UNHQ CR E)

·         Wednesday 14 October, 10:00-13:00 -- International Forum on "Gender and Conflict Platform" (organized by Karama, the League of Arab States, and UNDP, UNHQ CR6)

·         Wednesday 14 October, 12:00-15:00 -- Launch of the Global Study on Implementation of WPS “Preventing Conflict, Securing Peace: The Future of Women, Peace and Security”(organized by UN Women, Friends of the Global Study, UAE, UNHQ, by invitation only)

·         Wednesday 14 October 15:30- 17:30 -- Discussion on Gender and Inclusive Mediation Processes(organized by UN DPA, Norway, Finland, PRIO, and CMI, UNHQ CR12 RSVP needed)

·         Wednesday-Friday 14-16 October -- "Women Lead the Way as Agents of Peace and Security" (organized by Namibia, UNHQ First Floor, Conference Building (along with the curved wall)).

·         Thursday 15 October,  8:30-10:00 -- Side event: Holding ourselves to account: African experiences of monitoring UNSCR 1325 implementation (organized by CMI,  Mission of Finland to the UN, 866 United Nations Plaza, Suite 222)

·         Thursday 15 October 2015, 10:00-12:00 -- Global Study on UNSCR 1325: A Conversation with Radhika Coomaraswamy (organised by WILPF and MADRE:  Location: CUNY School of Law, Dave Fields Auditorium, 2 Courts Square, Long Island City)

·         Thursday 15 October, 13:00-16:00 -- Collaborative Approaches to Global Security (organized by the Institute for Inclusive Security, US Department of State, Newseum, Washington DC,  by invitation only)

·         Thursday 15 October, 13:15 – 14:45 -- Advancing Women, Peace, and Security at Home: How Member States Can Take the Lead (organized by Thailand and the International Peace Institute, UNHQ CR6)

·         Thursday 15 October, 15:00-16:00 -- Challenges affecting the implementation of Security Council Resolution 1325 and related resolutions faced by women across the Arab region." (Organized by Ireland, Karama, and the Arab Regional Network on Women, Peace and Security, Permanent Mission of Ireland)

·         Friday 16 October, 13:15-14:45 -- "Building Inclusive and Peaceful Societies through Women's Participation and Leadership: Good Practices from the Field" (organised by UNDP and Ireland, UNHQ CR6)

WPS Week 3: October 19-23, 2015

Tuesday, October 20, 16:00 - 17:30  -- Women framing hope? – A review of women’s participation in the peace agreement in DR Congo (organized by: International Alert and The Permanent Mission of the Netherlands to the UN. Location: The Permanent Mission of the Netherlands to the UN, 666 Third Avenue, 19th floor, (Between 42nd and 43rd street). Please RSVP by Monday 19th October 2015 here.

Wednesday, 21 October, 8:30-11:00 -- Voices from the Field: A Global Call for Implementation of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda - Prelude to the Peace Forum (Organized by Baha'i International Community, GNWP, International Institute for Peace Education, International Peace Bureau, National Council of Negro Women, United Methodist Women, PeaceWomen/WILPF. Location: Church Center 2nd floor)

Wednesday, 21 October, 15:00-18:00 -- Side Event: Supporting Women’s Role in the Implementation of the Malian Peace Accords (organized by Mali and Sweden, UN Women Country Office in Mali. Location: UNHQ, CR12)

Wednesday, 21 October, 18:30 - 21:00 -- A screening of the film The Man Who Mends Women and discussion with Dr. Denis Mukwege (organized by: Kvinna till Kvinna. Location: UNHQ CR2)

Thursday 22 October, 13:15-14:30-- Arms Trade Treaty, UN Programme of Action, and Gender-Based Violence (organised by WILPF, Location: UN Headquarters CR E) 

Thursday 22 October, 15:00 – 16:30 -- Breaking Barriers; Promoting Gender Equality in Peacekeeping Operations (organized by the Netherlands and DPKO/DFS, the Permanent Mission of the Netherlands, 666 Third Avenue, (between 42nd and 43rd Streets) 19th Floor. Please RSVP by Tuesday 20 October here.

Thursday 22 October, 16:00-17:30 -- IIX-N-Peace Innovation Challenge (organized by UNDP, by invitation only) 

Friday 23 October, 9:00-10:15 -- Portraits of Peace (organized by UNDP, Church Center United Nations, New York 10th Floor, RSVP to sharon.cuddy@undp.org)

Friday 23 October, 9:00 - 10:30 -- Syrian Women Peacebuilders (organized by Sweden and the Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation, UNHQ CR6). Please R.S.V.P. by 21 October to birgitta.tsoma@gov.se / 212-583-2527

Friday 23 October, 10:30 -12:30 -- Reclaiming the WPS Agenda: Mobilizing Within and Beyond the UNSCR 1325 Framework (organized by GPPAC, Cordaid, WPP, Ireland, and the Netherlands, CR-11)

Friday 23 October, 13:15-14:45 -- N-Peace Awards Ceremony (organized by UNDP, by invitation only)

Friday 23 October, 16:00 -17:30 -- After the High-level Review – Connecting Local and Global Action to Implement the WPS Agenda (organized by the Permanent Mission of Liechtenstein, the Peace Women Programme of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), and the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination at Princeton University, UNHQ CR6)

Friday October 23, time and place TBC -- Inclusive security for women in the reality of occupation – A critical review of the drafting of the Israeli 1325 civil society NAP and its outcome.

WPS Week 4: October 26-30, 2015

Tuesday 27 October, 17:45-19:30 -- Negotiating a Better Peace: New Tools for Inclusive Mediation (organized by International Peace Institute (IPI) and the International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN), Trygve Lie Center for Peace, Security & Development, International Peace Institute 777 United Nations Plaza, 12th Floor).

Wednesday 28 October, 11:00-13:00 -- Expert Roundtable: Supporting Women’s Participation in Peace Processes (organized by Conciliation Resources and the Netherlands, Netherlands Mission, by invitation only)

Wednesday 28 October, 16:30-18:15 -- ‘Smart’ is not Enough: The incomplete journey of UN sanctions regimes towards gender equality (organized by School of Professional Studies. Location: ROOM 412 Center for Global Affairs, 15 Barclay Street)

Wednesday 28-30 October -- Peace Forum: Commemoration of the 15th Anniversary of UNSC resolution 1325 (2000) (Organized by Baha'i International Community, GNWP, International Institute for Peace Education, International Peace Bureau, National Council of Negro Women, United Methodist Women, PeaceWomen/WILPF, Church Center)

Friday 30 October, 10:00 -11:30 -- Film: Six Days – a documentary on #femdefenders. Organized by Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation. Location: Peace Forum 2nd floor, Church Center E44th and 1st Ave. RSVP to: Open to the public

Saturday 31 October– Calendar anniversary of UNSCR 1325.

WPS Week 5: November 02-06, 2015

Tuesday 3 November 2015, 12:30-2:00 -- Women’s health services in Eastern Myanmar:  Female health workers trek to reach women and girls in conflict-affected rural communities (organized by the Women’s Refugee Commission on Women’s health services in Eastern Myanmar, Women’s Refugee Commission, Conference Room 11D, 122 East 42nd Street) 


Wednesday 4 November, 8:45-10:00 -- Women, Peace, and Security Public Consultation for the Independent Commission on Multilateralism (organized by the ICM at the International Peace Institute)

Global Open Days

Global Open Days on Women, Peace and Security are held in conflict-affected areas to provide a space for women to highlight their concerns, priorities and recommendations and present proposals for improving implementation of the Women, Peace and Security agenda.

Find information on UN Women's global consultations on their microsite here>> 

Women, Peace and Security Consultations on the High Level Review

WILPF 100: April 2015 Consultation on the 2015 WPS High-Level Review 

April 28, 2015, in The Hague

A key event at the WILPF 100 conference was the April 28th interactive consultation on the October 2015 Women Peace and Security High-Level review co-hosted by WILPF PeaceWomen and UN Women. As part of consultations around the UNSCR 1325 Global Study, lead author Radhika Coomaraswamy, along with PeaceWomen Director Maria Butler and UN Women Peace and Security Policy Adviser and Officer in Charge Nahla Valji met with over 80 members of civil society from around the world to hear input, recommendations, and voices for action.

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Civil Society Consultation on the 2015 WPS High-Level Review

March 11, 2015, in New York

This event was co-sponsored by WILPF, the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP), Women's Action for Nuclear Disarmament (WAND), and the Consortium on Gender, Security, and Human Rights. Civil society advocates and activists from around the world met in New York so as to discuss the Security Council's High-Level Review of the progress at the global, regional and national levels in implementing UNSC Resolution 1325 (2000) and to engage within this consultative process. 

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Civil Society Consultation on the 2015 Women, Peace and Security High-Level Global Study with lead author, Radhika Coomaraswamy

October 31, 2014, in New York

On Friday, 31 October 2014, lead author of the 2015 Women Peace and Security Global Study Radhika Coomaraswamy met with over sixty civil society advocates and activists from around the world at UN Women in New York for a consultation on the Global Study. Key recommendations included the importance of refocusing the Agenda on prevention and participation. Participants reiterated the importance of this Study being independent, political, progressive and forward-looking, and inclusive.

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Briefings and Discussions

United Arab Emirates Panel Series on Women, Peace and Security: The Implementation of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda - Harmonizing the High-Level Review Processes

May 28, 2015, in New York

The sixth and final panel discussion of the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) series, organised by the Permanent Mission of the United Arab Emirates, examined the linkages between this year's three important high-level review processes - on WPS; on Peace Operations; and on the Peacebuilding Architecture. The panel discussion, moderated by Ambassador Melanne Verveer, Executive Director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security, included Radhika Coomaraswamy, Lead Author of the Global Study on the Implementation of SCR 1325 (2000); Youssef Mahmoud, Senior Advisor for International Peace Institute; Saras Menon, Member of the Advisory Group of Experts on the Peacebuilding Architecture; and Yannick Glemarec, Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of Policy and Programme for UN Women. 

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Member States Interactive Briefing: Global Study on the implementation of Security Council resolution 1325 (2000) on Women, Peace and Security

May 26, 2015, in New York

The event, co-organized by the Permanent Missions of Canada, Chile, Ireland, Japan and Namibia, provided an overview of the upcoming Global Study on the implementation of UNSCR 1325 (2000) by lead author Radhika Coomaraswamy. The presentation consisted of two parts - key messages from the field from women all over the world followed by a series of specific, institutional recommendations for the United Nations System. The Global Study will include 10 broad calls to action as well as five institutional initiatives with regards to Women, Peace and Security (WPS). Within each section, there will be detailed, technical recommendations to help aid the implementation of the recommendations by Member-States. Women, Peace and Security is a broad agenda that should not be securitized or militarized. The Global Study, thus, goes beyond the Security Council and also looks at the holistic UN System as well as national governments. 

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