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12th March NGO Cosultation on the UN Report on Indicators

*KEY DOCUMENTS*
DRAFT Progress Report on 1325 Indicators - 9 March 2010
2009 FOKUS Conference Final Report

*OVERVIEW*
We are seeking your input for the NGO consultation on indicators, to be held in New York on 12th March 2010.  Attached please find the draft shortlist of indicators as requested in Security Council resolution 1889, OP 26:

“…a set of indicators for use at the global level to track implementation of its resolution 1325 (2000), which could serve as a common basis for reporting by relevant United Nations entities, other international and regional organizations, and Member States, on the implementation of resolution 1325 (2000) in 2010 and beyond”

The indicators, in the four pillars of Prevention, Participation, Protection, and Relief and Recovery, can be found on pages 3-8 of the Draft Progress Report on 1325 Indicators, which is also available at the top of the page.  As noted in the previous email invitation, our goal is to have clear, concerted, and constructive messages – from those who can attend and those who cannot.

*PROCESS*
We are therefore asking you, on a very tight timeline, to provide responses to the following key questions regarding your pillar(s) of interest:
1. Which indicators should be kept?
2. What indicators(s) should be modified/added (any suggestions for additions should be specific and concrete)?
3. What is the key “must have” for this pillar that you would like discussed at the 12th March consultation?

By Wednesday, 10th March, 3pm (New York time), please send your comments to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) AND the focal point(s) listed below. Your focal point will then be in contact with additional information.

1) Prevention – Sarah Wikenczy: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) 
2) Participation – Melissa Langworthy: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) 
3) Protection – Maria Butler: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) 
4) Relief and Recovery – Charlotte Onslow: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Please distribute this information to any of your NGO colleagues who might be interested in contributing to this consultation. We look forward to your participation, and of course, we look forward to seeing all of you who can join us in New York on the 12th March from 9am-1pm!

Timeline for participants
9 March:      Draft indicators sent to participants
10 March:      3pm NY time - Initial comments for each pillar sent to focal points
11 March:      Finalizing messages per pillar
12 March:    Representatives for each pillar present key messages at consultation
15-16 March:  Austria-sponsored consultations with Member States, etc. (we want our NGO comments to have fed into the report that will be discussed at this consultation)

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OVERVIEW
As you likely are aware, preparations within the United Nations are underway to prepare a report proposing indicators to measure implementation of SCR 1325 on women, peace and security, as SCR 1889, OP 26 requests:

“…the Secretary-General to submit to the Security Council within 6 months, for consideration, a set of indicators for use at the global level to track implementation of its resolution 1325 (2000), which could serve as a common basis for reporting by relevant United Nations entities, other international and regional organizations, and Member States, on the implementation of resolution 1325 (2000) in 2010 and beyond”

The NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security would like to invite to you to contribute to and participate in the 12th March NGO consultation on this report.

The consultation will be held at a strategic moment in the report preparation process: on 9 March a paper will be prepared with a draft shortlist of possible indicators to track SCR 1325 across 4 pillars - Prevention, Participation, Protection, and Relief and Recovery. The NGO consultation on 12 March 2010 will be followed by similar consultations with independent thematic experts, Member States and UN principals on 15 and 16 March 2010. 

PROCESS
Because of the short time-period, and because many key civil society representatives will not be physically present in New York on this date, we want to ensure that a system is in place to allow as many voices to be heard as possible. Our goal is to have clear, concerted, and constructive messages – from those who can attend and those who cannot – to the consultation on the 12th March.

We have therefore set up focal points for each of the four key issue pillars the indicators reflect: Prevention, Participation, Protection, and Relief and Recovery (Below please find a flow chart that outlines the pillars. For a description of the report framework, please see the attached document, “Draft Progress Report on 1325 Indicators 1 Mar 2010 NGO”). We expect there to be approximately 5 draft indicators per pillar.

  • We ask that you contact the pillar focal points before the 8th March to indicate that you will be providing comments. We invite you to comment on as many pillars as you would like.
  • Please read the attached background document, “Draft Progress Report on 1325 Indicators 1 Mar 2010 NGO”, for information on the selection of the indicators and the report.
  • Participants will be sent the draft list of indicators on the 9th March, and asked to provide responses to the following key questions regarding your pillar:
    • Which indicators should be kept?
    • What indicators(s) should be modified/added (any suggestions for additions should be specific and concrete)?
    • What is the key “must have” for this pillar that you would like discussed at the 12th March consultation?

Please distribute this information to any of your NGO colleagues who might be interested in contributing to this consultation. We look forward to your participation, and of course, we look forward to seeing all of you who can join us in New York on the 12th March from 9am-1pm!

TIMELINE
8 March:      Deadline for participants to indicate their interest in process. Participants should feel free to give input on more than one pillar!
9 March:      Draft indicators sent to participants
10 March:      Initial comments for each pillar sent to focal points
11 March:      Finalizing messages per pillar
12 March:      Representatives for each pillar present key messages at consultation
15-16 March:  Austria-sponsored consultations with Member States, etc. (we want our NGO comments to have fed into the report that will be discussed at this consultation)

HOW TO PARTICIPATE
To participate in this process, before the 8th March please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) AND indicate the relevant Pillar(s) you would like to comment on. Your focal point will then be in contact with additional details.
1) Prevention                 Focal Point: Sarah Wikenczy
2) Participation                 Focal Point: Melissa Langworthy
3) Protection                   Focal Point: Maria Butler
4) Relief and Recovery       Focal Point: Charlotte Onslow

RELEVANT RESOURCES
12th March NGO Consultation - Agenda
SCR 1889/OP 17 Progress Report - 1 March 2010
2009 FOKUS Conference Final Report

 

 

Upcoming Conference: “Precarious Progress: U.N. Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security”

August 2010

The 2010 Women PeaceMakers Conference coincides with a momentous year, marking both the 15th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the 10th anniversary of UNSCR 1325. In anticipation of these celebrations, this working conference is situated to develop, distill and disseminate expert opinion from practitioners and policymakers of all levels. Delegates will reflect on the implementation and challenges of UNSCRs on women, peace and security (1325, 1820, 1888 and 1889) and analyze their practical considerations.

Date: September 29 – October 1, 2010
Location: Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice, University of San Diego, San Diego, CA
Registration Deadline: 13 September 2010

Conference Website [LINK]



NGO Consulation on Women, Peace and Security Indicator Development

March 12 2010

In recognition of the key role that civil society actors around the world play in the implementation and monitoring of women, peace and security measures, the NGOWG on Women, Peace and Security was invited by UNIFEM and OSAGI to convene a civil society consultation on the indicator report on SCR 1325, as requested in SCR 1889, OP 17:

“…a set of indicators for use at the global level to track implementation of its resolution 1325 (2000), which could serve as a common basis for reporting by relevant United Nations entities, other international and regional organizations, and Member States, on the implementation of resolution 1325 (2000) in 2010 and beyond”

As a result of this consultation, and despite the tight timeline, more than 150 suggestions to improve the indicators were provided by NGO colleagues from around the world. While incomplete as a consultation of all those civil society actors who have valid and useful input to give in this process, the degree of expertise reflected in this consultation demonstrates the importance of continuing to substantively engage with NGOs as the indicators continue to be honed and improved.

Because of the short time-period, and because many key civil society representatives were not able to be present in New York on this date, we sought to ensure that our consultation system allowed as many voices to be heard as possible. Our goal was to have clear, concerted, and constructive messages – from those who can attend and those who cannot – to bring the consultation on the 12th March.
In preparation for this meeting, on 3rd March 2010 the NGOWG sent NGO colleagues the TWGGI‟s background report for the selection of indicators. On 9th March 2010, the TWGGI made available the current “shortlist” of draft indicators to the participants in the consultation.

Background Information [Link]
Download Outcome Document [PDF]

UNSCR 1325: A Regional Perspective for Effective Implementation

March 5 2010

On March 5, 2010, as part of the 54th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS) hosted a panel discussion for partners in the Great Lakes Region, the Mano River Region, and the Horn of Africa to share their experiences and initiatives that advance the implementation of SCR1325 in Africa to help women fully to participate in the peace building process in their countries.

Panel on “Sexual violence in conflict”

June 8 2009

As the first annual Secretary General’s report on SCR 1820 on sexual violence in conflict was prepared, there was a great deal of discussion in the international community regarding sexual violence as a security issue. In recognition of this an expert panel co-organized by the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security and the Open Society Institute and hosted by the Mission of Austria to the United Nations, was held to provide some thoughts on understanding patterns of sexual violence by armed groups; how is condemned or condoned; and that sexual violence is not inevitable in conflict.

This was followed by a discussion on how such information can be gathered and used by the Security Council as it moves forward on the implementation of both SCR 1820 and SCR 1325. This panel will followed up on and investigate one of the key issues raised during the discussion on sexual violence data collection hosted at the Austrian mission on 13th January, 2009.

Panelists

Elisabeth Woods, Professor, Yale University
Ms. Woods is currently undertaking research on patterns and variance of sexual violence by armed groups. She is developing a framework for the study of sexual violence as part of armed groups’ repertoires of violence and seeking to understand when it is or not used as a tactic of war.

Jocelyn Kelly, Researcher, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
Ms. Kelly is currently undertaking research on sexual violence in DRC. She has just completed research on the Mai Mai in order to understand their command structures, communications channels and its use of sexual violence as a tactic. The next phase of her research will be on this same issue with other groups in Congo, including the FDLR and CNDP.

Panel on "Sexual violence in DRC - Evidence-based data collection: What is possible and what is not in a humanitarian setting"

January 13 2009

Dr. Michael VanRooyen and his research colleagues at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative are currently conducting research on sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. On the 13th January, they presented their initial findings and lead a discussion about what evidence-based data collection is possible in a humanitarian setting, and how it can substantively inform policy and programming debates. As part of this discussion, the panelists addressed the growing notion that ‘counting rape cases’ is the best basis for providing effective protection and response. They presented their findings that prevalence surveys are cost-prohibitive, often provide unreliable data, do not add-value to policy debates, and can actually weaken programming response.

Panelists

Dr. Michael VanRooyen, MD, MPH
Co-Director, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
Associate Professor in the Department of Population and International Health, Harvard School of Public Health
Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Jocelyn Kelly, MS
Gender-based Violence Research Coordinator, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative



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