In July 2023, the UN Secretary-General launched A New Agenda for Peace, which is the ninth policy brief in a series that builds on the proposals outlined in Our Common Agenda, the Secretary-General’s vision for the future of global cooperation.
The New Agenda for Peace offers a unique opportunity to advance gender equality, dismantle patriarchal power structures, and promote lasting peace. WILPF has played a pivotal role in shaping this agenda through its antimilitarist feminist approach to the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda
Over the past year, WILPF has contributed to the New Agenda for Peace process through the lens of our antimilitarist feminist approach to the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda. In our submission, we argued that the New Agenda for Peace must prioritise a holistic implementation of the WPS agenda that is grounded in human rights obligations, that focuses on conflict prevention and is against the militarisation or narrowing of WPS. In addition, we highlighted that the four pillars of participation, protection, prevention, relief, and recovery are cross-cutting and complementary.
This report expands and comments on the content of the policy brief in order to provide suggestions for how member states and the UN system can take it forward and interpret its calls. It is especially important that member states weave gender throughout their efforts to take forward the recommendations of the policy brief, including in areas where it is not explicitly linked in the text.