For immediate release
Date: 27 April 2010
Oisika Chakrabarti, Media Specialist, UN Women Headquarters, +1 646 781-4522,
United Nations, New York — The United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) is very encouraged by the UN Security Council’s intention to take action on a comprehensive set of indicators on the implementation of its resolution 1325 on women, peace and security, by October 2010, the occasion of the 10th anniversary of Security Council resolution 1325. These indicators address the impact of war on women and stress the importance of women’s involvement in conflict resolution and peacebuilding. The use of the indicators contained in the report of the Secretary-General (S/2010/173) presented today would represent a clear step forward for improving accountability and implementation of the groundbreaking Security Council resolution.
“The Security Council’s commitment to take action on these indicators represents one of the most significant moves by the international security system in recent years to accelerate implementation of resolution 1325,” said Inés Alberdi, Executive Director of UNIFEM. “The indicators will reveal where women are experiencing exclusion and threats to their security and help identify good practices. They will be much more than numbers on a paper. They will provide a sensitive barometer of the current situation and help identify future priorities.”
The Secretary-General’s report recommends a global set of indicators on the implementation of resolution 1325 in four key areas: women’s participation in all aspects of conflict prevention and peace-making; prevention of violence against women; protection of women’s rights during and after conflict; and women’s needs in relief and recovery. It is a follow-up to the request by the Security Council through resolution 1889, in October 2009, for “a set of indicators for use at the global level to track implementation of its resolution 1325 (2000)” within six months.
The indicators were produced by 14 UN entities under the leadership of the Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues. UNIFEM was assigned the technical lead role, and the indicators were developed in close consultation with Member States and women’s civil society groups from around the world that support women’s engagement in conflict resolution and peacebuilding.
The consultative process also drew upon indicators that are currently employed in national action plans on 1325 and in other national and international efforts to implement the women peace and security agenda. Leaders of UN agencies have committed to the technical development of specific indicators, and to associated data collection efforts.
The contribution of UNIFEM as the technical lead was acknowledged at the Security Council meeting today. UNIFEM looks forward to participating in consultations with relevant stakeholders, and to continue its support to the UN System to develop a joint programme for further development of the indicators, as called upon by today’s Security Council Presidential Statement.