Current and Past Recommendations to the UN Security Council (Monthly Action Points)
Western Africa (July 2016)
In the report from the Secretary-General on the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA), Council members should expect information and analysis regarding the regional implementation of the women, peace and security (WPS) agenda, given UNOWA’s strong mandate, which calls for gender and WPS to be considered throughout their work. UNOWA’s WPS strategy and collaboration with ECOWAS on a sub-regional plan of action for implementing UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) serve as good practice examples that should be maintained and strengthened at the regional level. The international community should ensure regional efforts have political and financial support to build the capacity of women leaders and women civil society organizations in urban and rural areas. Women leaders and civil society organizations should be able to fully participate on a regular basis in strategies and efforts to combat violent extremism, electoral and political processes, and other peacebuilding efforts in the region.