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Regional Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security

Since the unanimous adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 1325: Women, Peace and Security, in 2000, there have been increasing recognition in the Pacific of women and young women’s role in conflict prevention and peacebuilding and that sexual and gender-based violence is a security threat in the region.

In December 2010 as part of the 10th anniversary commemoration of UNSCR 1325, a Pacific Regional Working Group on Women, Peace and Security was established with members from Forum Members, CROP and UN agencies, and civil society. In June 2011, the Forum Regional Security Committee (FRSC) gave the group the policy task of developing a Regional Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security. This was subsequently supported by Pacific Women’s Ministers in August of the same year.

In June 2012 the Regional Action Plan was presented to the FRSC, who “noted the work conducted by the Pacific Regional Working Group on Women, Peace and Security… and endorsed the Regional Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security.” Further, the FRSC agreed to take the Action Plan to Leaders in the Cook Islands in August and that Women, Peace and Security remain on the agenda of the FRSC. Subsequently, Leaders formally noted the Regional Action Plan in their Communiqué thereby signaling the highest level of regional political support for it.

The Regional Action Plan provides a framework at the regional level for Forum Members and Pacific Territories to enhance women and young women’s leadership in conflict prevention and peacebuilding, mainstream gender in security policy-making, and ensure women and girls’ human rights are protected in humanitarian crises, transitional contexts and post-conflict situations. It also sets out a regional mechanism that will support regional and national efforts.

In line with the Regional Action Plan’s recommendations the Forum Secretariat will establish the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Reference Group on Women, Peace and Security in early 2013 to oversee, support and monitor implementation of the Pacific Regional Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security. 
 

Read the Pacific Regional Action Plan - Women, Peace and Security

 

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