chapter  10
21 Pages

The Security Council as legislator and norm builder

Impacts on efforts to promote the women, peace and security agenda
WithRobert Zube, Melina Lito

The chapter describes the degree to which Security Council resolutions on women, peace and security are complementary to, and trusted by, the remainder of the UN system and the member states that are expected to translate these resolutions into practical activity on the ground. One of the critical concerns of many of those we interviewed is the operational disconnect between Security Council engagement on women's participation and its engagement on aspects of sexual violence. It is also a policy response directly mandated by resolution 1325 and clarified in succeeding Presidential Statements issued by the Security Council. On 18 October 2013, the Security Council adopted resolution 2122 which 'intends to focus more attention on women's leadership and participation in conflict resolution and peacebuilding, including by monitoring progress in implementation. The Security Council has learned much about how to exercise 'soft power' in the context of women, peace and security, and complementary resolutions affecting its other nine thematic concerns.