The book is based on a series of policy dialogues initiated by the Permanent Mission of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations and the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security that were held between October 2014 and May 2015.

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Excerpt from the foreword Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka:

The series of panel discussions on Women, Peace and Security organized by the United Arab Emirates, in partnership with UN Women, has served as an important forum for gender equality and women’s empowerment. The discussions have provided an avenue through which to pursue new and emerging challenges, fill gaps in our collective knowledge, and engage Member States and UN agencies, as well as civil society partners, in a valuable stock-taking of progress thus far that will shape the agenda for the next fifteen years.

These panel discussions have invited analysis and information sharing, innovative thinking, and fresh approaches to the Women, Peace and Security agenda. The series of six panels dealt with themes such as new technology in peacekeeping efforts, humanitarian intervention, climate change and violent extremism – always using a gendered lens to assess both their specific impact on women, and how women can best harness their capabilities as actors for positive change. 

The series has brought together policy influencers and decision-makers from Member States and civil society. It has hosted influential expert-panelists, including economist Jeffrey Sachs, and the Executive Director of the Georgetown University Institute for Women, Peace and Security, Ambassador Melanne Verveer. The feedback received from each panel has informed the Global Study on the Implementation of Security Council resolution 1325 (2000), for which UN Women served as the Secretariat. UN Women is grateful to the UAE for their leadership and collaboration over this past year. I hope that this is the beginning of a deep and productive partnership in the area of Women, Peace and Security.

Events such as this panel series raise awareness of issues and increase their visibility. It has usefully prompted deliberation on the commitments Member States and other actors intend to make during the Security Council’s High-Level Review on Women, Peace and Security in October. The Review and subsequent actions provide an opportunity for the international community to make a positive change in direction, through which we can – and must – harness the potential of all to contribute to peace, security, and development.