Austria adopts new action plan on women, peace and security
Council of Ministers adopts revised National Action Plan to implement Resolution 1325 of the Security Council on Women, Peace and Security
Vienna, 24 January 2012 – “Today’s government decision shows clearly that Austria adjusts its pro-active commitment to including women and their issues in international peace policy to current international developments and that we continue to press for such inclusion. The decision is based on a comprehensive assessment of national objectives and measures to implement this important resolution”, Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger said on the adoption of the revised National Action Plan on UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security by the Council of Ministers today.
Austria was one of the first countries worldwide to decide on a national action plan on the implementation of this resolution in 2007. The Federal Government also included the objectives of the resolution as a focal topic of international peace work in its governmental programme. “Since then we have acquired comprehensive expertise in this field. Austria is therefore offering partner countries its support for developing their own national Action Plans”, Spindelegger said.
The most important objectives of the new Action Plan according to Spindelegger are: "Strengthening the participation of women in international conflict management, the prevention of violence against women, and increasing the share of women in Austrian missions to international peace-keeping operations and international organisations.” The Action Plan takes the indicators into account that have been developed over the past few years by the United Nations and the EU and will make it easier to measure, trace and quantify the progress made in the implementation of the Resolution. The implementation of the Action Plan will also in future be subjected to annual assessment through an inter-ministerial working group under close cooperation with civil society.
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