The Overall Story of Report Watch

The Security Council requests and receives information on related to agenda items in several forms, primarily through Secretary-General Reports.

From Report Watch and analysis, we see approximately three-fourths of the reports issued in 2013 touched upon the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda in one form or another.

The analysis conducted by the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security suggests that 75% of all reports of the Secretary-General on country-specific situations in 2015 contain women, peace and security-related references, which is a slight increase when compared to previous years. More than 70% of all reports had sex and age disaggregated data, primarily in the context of civilians targeted for violence and civilian deaths. Data was also increasingly provided in terms of of the sex of candidates, voters, political office holders and the personnel in the mission and military. Although the frequency of references slightly increased, the quality did not improve. There still is an overall lack of analysis regarding deeper, structural causes, as well as, in the majority of cases, a failure to identify the ways in which women are participating in protection efforts. In order for WPS to be implemented in the full scope of Security Council work, reports of the Secretary-General should, further, include concrete recommendations on ways to improve implementation of the women, peace and security agenda across the work of the missions and reflect the strengthened gender analysis. This analysis draws from the regular recommendations made by the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security in their Monthly Action Points (MAP) project.