NGO WG: Monthly Action Points for the UN Security Council - September 2013

12 September 2013

As a member of the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security, we are pleased to share the latest Monthly Action Points (MAP) for the UN Security Council for September 2013.

For September, in which Australia has the Security Council presidency, the MAP provides recommendations on the situations in Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Somalia, and Syria. Of particular interest to IANSA women, the MAP also provides recommendations on the expected high-level debate on small arms and light weapons, and guidance for ongoing implementation of women, peace and security obligations.

The UN Security Council is expected to hold a high-level debate on small arms and light weapons (SALW), likely focusing specifically on the Security Council’s work on SALW. The prevalence of SALW violence disproportionately affects women and girls globally, and further integration of women into efforts to combat and eradicate the illicit trade in small arms is needed. The Council should ensure that any outcome of these discussions mainstreams gender considerations, with specific action recommended on: ensuring sanctions regime components, including embargoes, and criteria for monitoring, including for expert groups, contain specific provisions regarding gender considerations; ensuring full and robust implementation of the Arm Trade Treaty's provision on preventing gender-based violence when considering arms transfer requests; ensuring disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration programmes incorporate an effective gender perspective, thus enabling equal access and opportunity for women and girls to engage in reconstruction and rebuilding initiatives; the crucial role of disarmament in conflict prevention; and addressing the connections between women's capacity to participate in peace processes as per SCR 1325, and the challenges to this posed by the prevalence, proliferation, and use of SALW locally and nationally.

To view the MAP for September 2013, please see:

NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security