IMPLEMENTATION OF UN SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION 1325
INDICATORS ON WOMEN, PEACE & SECURITY
There is currently a very significant process underway at the United Nations and among the Member States with the aim of reaching agreement and operationalizing the proposed global indicators to measure implementation of SCR 1325 on women, peace and security. The mandate for these global indicators to track and monitor the implementation of Security Council Resolution 1325 is derived directly from paragraph 17 of Security Council Resolution 1889 - the fourth, and most recent, Security Council Resolution addressing issues related to Women Peace and Security.
Security Council Resolution 1889, OP 17 requests:
“…the Secretary-General to submit to the Security Council within 6 months, for consideration, a set of indicators for use at the global level to track implementation of its resolution 1325 (2000), which could serve as a common basis for reporting by relevant United Nations entities, other international and regional organizations, and Member States, on the implementation of resolution 1325 (2000) in 2010 and beyond”
On April 27, the Security Council held an Open Briefing on Women, Peace and Security. The Assistant Secretary-General and Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women, Rachel Mayanja, made a statement to the Council and presented the Secretary General’s Report on SCR 1889/OP17 on indicators on behalf of the Secretary-General. Margot Wallström, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence, also briefed the Security Council on her mandate.
The list of 26 indicators presented to the Security Council are list on page 15-21 of the Secretary General’s Report (S/2010/173).
Following the submission of the Secretary General’s Report on SCR 1889/OP17, the Security Council made a Presidential Statement (S/PRST/2010/8 of 27 April 2010). In the Presidential Statement (PRST), the Council took note of the indicators and recommendations contained in the Report. Security Council endorsement was not given on April 27, however the Security Council will continue consultations and expresses intention to take action on the indicators on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of its resolution 1325 in October 2010.
The Security Council PRST: "requests the Secretary-General to
continue to consult with the Security Council, taking into account views
expressed by other relevant stakeholders, including broader United Nations
membership, taking into account the need to further develop indicators
contained in his report (S/2010/173) and the parallel ongoing work regarding
resolution 1888 (2009), in order to include a comprehensive set of indicators
in his next report on the implementation of resolution 1325 (2000),"
and "expresses its intention to take action on a comprehensive set of indicators on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of its resolution 1325."
Developing a comprehensive set of indicators is not the end goal of this process. The goal of this process is to see action taken and positive results for women in conflict. Therefore, as members of Civil Society, we call for:
In the Secretary General’s Report (S/2010/173), the 26 indicators are organized into 4 Pillars: Prevention, Participation, Protection, and Relief and Recovery. These Pillars reflect the 2008-2009 UN System-wide Action Plan.
The indicators are classified further into categories that reflect how quickly they can be put in the field, and information can be collected. Some information can be collected now, while other indicators will require considerable capacity to develop.
There are numerous Indicators that reflect the obligations of other actors, such as Member States, and that reflect the input and oversight of civil society, and it is important to have these indicators available and utilized in relevant fora.
To develop the Indicators, the United Nations has established the Technical Working Group on Global Indicators for SCR 1325 (TWGGI 1325), constituted by the United Nations Task Force on Women Peace and Security, coordinated by Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women. The United Nations
Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) served as the technical lead of the 15-entity Working Group. This Technical Working Group (TWGGI 1325) has been tasked to systematically review and prioritize all existing indicators being used to track SCR 1325 and produce a shortlist of indicators, developing new indicators to monitor untracked areas if necessary.
The Technical Working Group (TWGGI 1325) conducted consultation with with Civil Society Organizations, Member States, and the UN agencies.
The United Nations has described Indicators as “signposts of change along the path to development” that can help to understand where we are, where we are going and how far we are from the goal. They indicate trends and allow tracking of progresses towards intended results or targets. Good performance indicators are critical for effective monitoring and evaluation, and help to: