Year 2020 marked the 20th anniversary of the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 on Women Peace and Security. The resolution recognizes the importance of women's role in preventing and resolving conflict and urges all actors to adopt gender perspectives to peace and security. It also stresses the need to increase women's meaningful participation in peace processes. During the past two decades, an increasing number of UN Member states have adopted their own government-led National Action Plans (NAP) to ensure their country's implementation of the UNSCR 1325. These NAPs are crucial to ensuring implementation of the resolution as they encourage member states to assess priorities and responsibilities in line with the WPS agenda at the national level, and can act as a guarantee that countries will follow through with their commitments. As of April 2021, 92 countries have adopted NAPs, and the hope is that there are more to come.
On the occasion of the May 24th International Women's Day for Peace and Disarmament, ISDP's Korea Center, in cooperation with Korean Women's Development Institute, has invited four distinguished speakers from East Asia and Europe to share their perspectives and lessons learned on the implementation of the Women Peace and Security agenda. Starting off with a presentation of their respective countries' National Action Plans, a discussion led by three distinguished experts taking the role as discussants and contributing with different perspectives will follow. The webinar seeks to shine a light on the integration of women and their perspectives in peace and security in general. What can we expect from this process? Why is it important? How can NAP act as a facilitator? What are some of the achievements and challenges in implementing NAPs? What could be lessons learned for countries that have not yet adopted NAPs?