Global Study on the Implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325

Civil Society Organization Survey



Nearly 15 years ago, the groundbreaking UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325, the first women, peace and security (WPS) resolution, called on all member states and the United Nations (UN) system to ensure women’s full participation in all conflict prevention, peacebuilding, and post-conflict reconstruction processes and to protect the rights of women in the context of armed conflict. UNSCR 1325 was the direct result of a strategic global advocacy campaign involving women peacebuilders in conflict zones worldwide.   

Since UNSCR 1325 was adopted, there have been remarkable achievements; however, there remains a big deficit in implementation at the national and local levels, particularly in communities directly affected by violent conflicts. The UN Security Council has stressed that women’s perspectives will continue to be underrepresented in conflict prevention, resolution, protection and peacebuilding without a significant shift in how the resolution is implemented. As we approach the 15th anniversary of UNSCR 1325, we face an important opportunity to review how the context of peace and security and international response to conflict has changed since 1325 was adopted, and what new issues need to be taken into consideration to increase the impact of UNSCR 1325 and subsequent resolutions on women, peace and security within the UN system moving forward.

In preparation for the 15th anniversary of UNSCR 1325, in 2015, the UN Security Council will convene a High-level Review to evaluate progress at the global, regional and national levels in implementing UNSCR 1325. In preparation for this review, the UN Secretary General (SG) is commissioning a Global Study, which will highlight “good practice examples, gaps and challenges, as well as emerging trends and priorities for action on UNSCR 1325 implementation.” Results from the study will be included in the SG’s annual report to the Security Council on Women and Peace and Security in 2015. 

The promise of UNSCR 1325 cannot be realized without the full participation of civil society activists. In the post-2015 period, it is essential that the UN system (all relevant agencies), bilateral donors, and governments recognize the expertise and commitment that CSOs bring to this agenda and engage them as equal partners. 

In this light, the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP), in partnership with the International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN)  the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security (NGO WG on WPS) and Cordaid is conducting  this survey among CSOs from around the world to solicit their views on the implementation of UNSCR 1325 in the past, and recommendations for the future.