Where can I find information on the Security Council's consideration of women, peace and security?
Last Updated: May 24, 2019
Resolution 1325 (2000)
The first Security Council meetings on the topic "Women and peace and security" were held in October 2000 during the presidency of Namibia.
- 24 October 2000: S/PV.4208
- 24 October 2000: S/PV.4208 (Resumption 1)
- 25 October 2000: S/PV.4208 (Resumption 2)
- 31 October 2000: S/PV.4213 and S/RES/1325 (2000)
On 31 October, the Council unanimously adopted resolution 1325 (2000).
Security Council resolution 1325 (2000) was the first to link women’s experiences of conflict to the international peace and security agenda. It focused on the disproportionate impact of conflict on women, and called for their engagement in conflict resolution and peacebuilding. The resolution also recognized the urgent need to mainstream a gender perspective into peacekeeping operations, and referred to the Windhoek Declaration and the Namibia Plan of Action on Mainstreaming a Gender Perspective in Multidimensional Peace Support Operations (S/2000/693).
2015 High-level Review
In October 2015, the Security Council held a High-level Review to assess progress at the global, regional and national levels in implementing resolution 1325 (2000).
To inform this discussion, the Secretary-General commissioned a global study on the implementation of resolution 1325 (2000) and recommendations on the way forward for women, peace and security.
- Report of the Secretary-General: S/2015/716
- Preventing Conflict, Transforming Justice, Securing the Peace: Global Study on the implementation of Security Council resolution 1325 (2000) (no symbol, linked below)
The Repertoire of the Practice of the Security Council provides an overview of the Security Council's process in creating the thematic agenda item "Women and Peace and Security".
Security Council meeting records, resolutions, and presidential statements on "Women and Peace and Security" can be found by searching the United Nations Digital Library, the online catalogue of UN documents and publications. Suggested searches include:
- "women in armed conflicts"
- "gender-based violence"
On the left side of the results, you can filter using the facet "Security Council" in UN Body and using the following facets in Resource Type:
- Resolutions and Decisions
- Meeting Records
The Library's print and online collection has various resources on the subject of "Women and Peace and Security" that can be found through DAG Discovery. Anyone within and outside the UN Headquarters can search and discover content from DAG Discovery but full access to the electronic resources is only available from the UN Headquarters campus.
Various UN offices, bodies and departments are closely involved in promoting women's roles in peacebuilding and security, linked below.
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