Creating National Action Plans: A Guide to Implementing Resolution 1325

Zsuzsanna Lippai and Angelic Young | October 2017

This guide is for policymakers, government officials, and civil society leaders as they develop, implement, and track progress on national action plans (NAPs) and other strategies for advancing women’s inclusion in peace and security.

It explains how to ensure effective design, improve coordination, and include civil society as critical steps to make UN Security Council Resolution 1325 a reality. The guide provides tools for the monitoring and evaluation of NAPs, so these policies achieve high impact—providing more stable and secure futures for ordinary people.

This is meant to be a living document that we will continue to improve with your help. We invite you to share feedback, suggestions, and information on how you utilize the guide. To achieve the broader goals of UNSCR 1325—and thus move toward a more peaceful and secure society—will require greater commitment from all implementers, on all fronts.

Inclusive Security recognizes further action is needed to address other obstacles that stand in the way of the resolution’s full implementation. These include the shortage of financial support for NAPs and whether they should be internally or externally focused (or somewhere in between).

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With thanks to Women in International Security for providing the Spanish translation.

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