In 2000, the Security Council adopted the ground-breaking resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security—the first resolution to link women’s experiences of conflict to the international peace and security agenda. The Security Council has since adopted seven additional resolutions on women, peace, and security, including resolution 2122 (2013) in which the Council reiterated its intention to convene a High-level Review to assess progress at the global, regional and national levels in implementing resolution 1325 (2000). The High-level Review provided an opportunity for Member States to renew commitments, and address obstacles and constraints that have emerged in the implementation of the resolution. At the Review, UNSC resolution 2242 (2015) was adopted.

In the same resolution, the Security Council invited the Secretary-General, in preparation for the High-level Review, to commission a global study on the implementation of resolution 1325, highlighting good practice examples, implementation gaps and challenges, as well as emerging trends and priorities for action. The results of the Study were submitted to the Secretary-General to inform his annual report to the Security Council in 2015. The Global Study was led by a prominent expert, Ms. Radhika Coomaraswamy, former Special Representative of the Secretary General on Children and Armed Conflict, and former Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women. 

The Global Study on 1325 was officially launched at a luncheon and donor conference on 14 October. The event featured remarks from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, independent lead author Radhika Coomaraswamy, members of the Study's High-level Advisory Group, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Nobel laureate Leymah Gbowee, representatives of international civil society, and Member States.

2015 was a special year which marks the 15th anniversary of the adoption of resolution 1325, and despite the progress made, women bear the brunt of the harmful effects of conflict, and to be underrepresented in the areas of conflict prevention, peacemaking, and peacebuilding. The Global Study and High-level Review provided historic opportunities for the international community to revisit the women, peace and security agenda, current approaches, and their real impact on the ground.  

Today, the Global Study continues to be presented and its findings discussed in fora around the world. 

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