Over the past months, Gender Associations has been supporting the Swiss Inter-departmental Working Group on Women, Peace and Security in its reporting on the advances in the implementation of the 4th Swiss National Action Plan on UNSCR 1325
Switzerland has been one of the countries committed to the Women, Peace and Security Agenda from its early existence. Switzerland was one of the first 10 countries to develop a National Action Plan on United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325, passing the first plan in 2007. Swiss Foreign Policy has always focused on issues such as diplomatic support in peace negotiations, mediation, and the reduction of armed violence. In its national action plans on UNSCR 1325 Switzerland highlights specific projects that include a gender dimension to these priorities.
In its most recent NAP (2018-2022), for the first time in any NAP worldwide, Switzerland named civil society organisations as an active part of the implementing bodies of the national implementation strategy. Through a detailed monitoring system, all governmental and non-governmental agencies involved report on their implementation efforts.
Our experts at Gender Associations have worked on 1325-related monitoring mechanisms and evaluations of such national action plans for more than a decade, and bring technical, as well as strategic expertise to the table. In our collaboration with the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, we supported the review process of the NAP’s reporting system. This led to a summary of key findings, successes and possible next steps in a mid-term report: