National Action Plan


The implementation phase is where the “action” in a national action plan begins. Developing specific implementation plans for each ministry or department will identify tasks and activities and clearly assign roles and responsibilities. Many of the tasks that first appear during the design phase become more challenging during implementation: coordinating actors, sustaining political will, properly resourcing plan activities and monitoring progress. For example, a coordination mechanism established during the design phase must now be brought to life. Implementing a NAP requires a sustained commitment to women’s participation and societal change that results in better security for all people.
Subtopics: Achieving Human Security - Attaining Meaningful Participation - Changing Behaviors and Attitudes - Coordinating Actors - Maintaining Political Will - Securing Resources



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Information & Analysis

The Institute for Inclusive Security

Applying Global Tools to Improve National Action Plans on UN Security Council Resolution 1325

Following their "Collaborative Approaches to Global Security" event in October 2015, Inclusive Security convened 15 national action plan practitioners from 11 countries to exchange lessons learned regarding designing and implementing plans for UN Security Council Resolution 1325. Participants also discussed ways policymakers and other actors could utilize existing global tools—such as CEDAW General Recommendation 30—to strengthen these plans.

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UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UK National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security 2014-17: Report to Parliament

This report, released in December 2015, outlines the UK Government's work promoting the women, peace, and security agenda in the year since the third national action plan launched. It also presents detailed activities from 2015 for each pillar, and assesses progress made in each of the action plan’s six focus countries: Afghanistan, Burma, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Libya, Somalia, and Syria.

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Inclusive Security

Creating an Enabling Environment for Inclusion: The Role of Traditional Leadership

Many key themes regarding effective implementation and monitoring of national action plans emerged from Inclusive Security's inaugural NAP Academy event in December 2014. This is the first in a series of blog posts that will examine these themes and outline the ways countries are addressing challenges and creating impact.

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US Department of State

Overview of 2014 U.S. Implementation of the National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security

This is the US State Department's overview of the third year of national action plan (NAP) implementation. The report divides up activities by corresponding NAP pillar and offers a more explicit outline of challenges than the previous report. It also points out that a midterm review will take place in 2015, which will analyze the plan’s implementation since its launch in 2011 and demonstrate the US’ commitment to advancing women, peace, and security in the lead up to the 15th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325.

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Government of Chile

Chilenas en operaciones de paz: Conoce el plan “Mujeres, Paz y Seguridad” que las protégé (Chilean Women in Peace Operations—Read about the Plan that Protects Them: “Women, Peace and Security”)

To announce the launch of its second national action plan, the Chilean government described the impact the initial plan had on women’s participation in peacekeeping forces and outlined its commitment to ensuring women’s greater role in peacekeeping operations.

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Inclusive Security

State of Affairs in Women, Peace and Security

On February 16-17, 2015, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, along with the 1325 Dutch NAP Partnership group, hosted a conference titled “Women: Powerful Agents for Peace and Security." Inclusive Security's Angelic Young was asked to contribute to this conference paper, compiled in preparation for the event and presenting the state of affairs of various critical elements of the women, peace, and security agenda.

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Poll: 2/3 of Israelis Want Women Involved in Peace Talks

According to an October 2014 poll, two-thirds of the Israeli public believe women must be more involved in peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

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Towards Sustainable Gender Equality? The Importance of CEDAW and UNSCR 1325 for the Increased Participation of Women in the Security Sector: The Case Study of the Slovenian Police

Slovenia’s national action plan for UN Security Council Resolution 1325 was released in 2010 and expires in 2015. This master’s thesis explores whether or not the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and UN Security Council Resolution 1325 impacted women’s participation in Slovenia’s police force. The study asserts that, while Slovenia’s implementation of UNSCR 1325 and CEDAW did increase the number of trained and deployed female police officers, challenges such as cultural stereotypes and the lack of cohesive strategies remain barriers to female officers’ meaningful participation in both the national police force and international peacekeeping missions.

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Financing for the Implementation of National Action Plans on UN Security Council Resolution 1325

Cordaid and the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders released this report in October 2014 as a follow-up to their previous joint publication, “Costing and Financing 1325,” from 2011. It’s structured around seven findings of a financing survey of the 42 countries with NAPs as of July 2013. It also features in-depth case studies from Burundi, Chile, Nepal, the Netherlands, the Philippines, and Sierra Leone.

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