Foundational Meeting of the WPS National Focal Point Network

Joint Communiqué

 

We, Ministers and High-Level Representatives of [list of countries], as well as of the [list of regional organizations], have come together in New York on the 23rd of September, 2016 to launch the Women, Peace and Security National Focal Points Network in the recognition that national and regional efforts are vital for the full and effective implementation and coordination of the women, peace and security (WPS) agenda.

As the foundational members of the Network, we affirm our commitment to advance women’s participation in decision-making about peace and security processes in order to enhance sustainability and effectiveness of all conflict prevention and resolution efforts, as well as women’s participation in national-level peace and security policies and programs.

We also affirm, as highlighted at the High-Level Review of the implementation of Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) conducted in October 2015, that Member States and regional organizations remain the most influential actors in the implementation of all WPS Security Council Resolutions, and as such have the primary responsibility for integrating WPS commitments into domestic policies and normative frameworks.

As founding members, we encourage all Member States and regional organizations to appoint WPS National Focal Points. A Focal Point is expected to exercise a leading role in WPS efforts at the national or regional level and to maintain direct and ongoing contact with other Focal Points to streamline implementation, exchange best practices and harmonize international efforts, including assistance programs.

Recognizing that the fulfillment of these objectives currently requires a closer coordination among Member States and regional organizations, we create the WPS National Focal Points Network as a cross-regional forum aiming at providing a space to periodically share and exchange lessons learned and best practices, including on how to develop and review high-impact national strategies to advance these objectives; on how to integrate gender analysis in all security assessments and prevention approaches; on how to strengthen women’s participation in the security sector, peace processes and mediation efforts; and on addressing conflict-related sexual and gender-based violence.

This Network will be also an important tool for identifying and promoting partnerships with civil society and local organizations working on WPS issues; for encouraging predictable and sustained funding for WPS efforts; for promoting capacity building at a local, national and regional level for a variety of actors working on women, peace and security; promoting the development and implementation of high-impact National Action Plans on WPS; and for aligning such national WPS strategies with related strategies and policies,  such as those aimed at preventing and countering violent extremism.

Recognizing the Network’s momentum and sustainability requires member State leadership and routine collaboration, Focal Points will meet biannually, once in a capital and once on the sidelines of the annual WPS Open Debate at the UN Security Council. The first meeting of the WPS National Focal Points Network will take place in Spain in 2017, followed by another one on the margins of the 2017 annual Women, Peace and Security open debate.

As States fully committed to advancing the women, peace and security agenda, we trust that this Focal Point Network will substantially contribute to translating words into effective results.

 

New York, 23rd September 2016