Connecting the Women, Peace & Security and Disarmament agendas

28 October 2020
Connecting the Women, Peace & Security and Disarmament agendas

The United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) welcomes you to this First Committee Side Event, on the 20th anniversary of the UN SCR 1325 (2000). This interactive discussion will explore the linkages between the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda and arms control and disarmament.

Panelists will take stock of progress achieved so far and examine further possibilities to integrate WPS priority topics into arms control and disarmament processes and vice-versa. Main questions for discussion include:

  • How can arms control regulations (e.g. the Arms Trade Treaty, regional frameworks, national legislation) advance the goals of the WPS agenda – and vice versa?
  • How do arms control and disarmament feature in SCR 1325 National Action Plans (NAPs) and in their implementation? What are the main gaps and opportunities for better integration?
  • What are the main trends related to gender mainstreaming in arms control that could inform future developments in the WPS agenda?
  • What practical measures could be taken by states and multilateral organizations to enhance synergies between the WPS agenda and arms control and disarmament and progress these agendas?

The event will also mark the launch of a new UNIDIR research report Connecting the Dots: Arms Control, Disarmament and the Women Peace and Security Agenda. The report identifies best practices in gender-responsive arms control and proposes a comprehensive approach to translate the WPS framework into disarmament action.


Mary Robinson – Chair of The Elders

Izumi Nakamitsu – UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs

Lansana Gberie – Ambassador of Sierra Leone to the UN in Geneva and incoming President of the ATT CSP7

Anthony Keedi – Masculinities Technical Advisor, ABAAD– Resource Center for Gender Equality


28 October, 13:00 – 14:45 (NY) | 18:00 – 19:45 (GVA), Zoom


The event is open to Member States representatives, civil society and experts interested in WPS and disarmament.


This discussion is organized by Australia, Canada, Ireland, Namibia, the Philippines, Sweden, the United Kingdom, UN Women and UNIDIR.


Please register here.

Please note that the link to access this event will be provided by email only to registered participants prior to the event.