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“Building on civil society energies, wisdom, and experience… The NAP should be useful, it should be durable, it should make a difference you feel on your skin”

Statement by Secretary Teresita Quintos Deles of the Philippines during the High-Level Review on the United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, 2015.

In 2000, the UN Security Council made an important commitment to upholding women’s rights in the context of international peace and security with the adoption of UNSCR 1325. UNSCR 1325 draws attention to the unparalleled importance of women’s participation in peace and security governance. It notes the need to increase the representation of women in peace and security institutions in order to inform and reshape conflict prevention efforts. The resolution also calls for the rights of women to be protected in conflict and during relief and recovery efforts in conflict-affected settings. With the subsequent adoption of eight further resolutions, ‘Women and Peace and Security’ now represents a significant and well-established thematic agenda for the Council, and its relevance as an area of political practice extends well beyond the Council Chamber at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

In this research, which was funded by the Australian Research Council (DP160100212), we examine three dimensions of the Women, Peace and Security agenda:

  1. the formation of the agenda at the UN Security Council and its diffusion across the UN system;
  2. the implementation of the agenda at the national level, primarily through the development and adoption of National Action Plans (NAPs); and
  3. the advocacy of civil society organisations related to the WPS agenda both within countries and transnationally.

This website presents our analysis of the NAPs that have been collected and/or translated so far, in an interactive visual display. The NAPs are also available to download here, along with open-access reports on the project’s key findings.

We hope that the research we present here provides a useful resource for the Women, Peace and Security research, policy, and advocacy community. If you have any feedback on the data, or questions about the research, please contact the Principal Investigator, Professor Laura J. Shepherd, by email at

The links to National Action Plans are provided for research purposes. Copyright in these documents remains with the original rights holder, except where otherwise noted.

The UN includes the following disclaimer, which we reproduce here in full:

The designations employed and the presentation of material on this map do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the Secretariat of the United Nations concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or any area or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries.

*A dispute exists between the Governments of Argentina and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland concerning sovereignty over the Falkland Islands (Malvinas).

** Dotted line represents approximately the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir agreed upon by India and Pakistan. The final status of Jammu and Kashmir has not yet been agreed upon by the parties.

*** Final boundary between the Republic of Sudan and the Republic of South Sudan has not yet been determined.