Financial commitments: Austria pledges to build on its contribution to the Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund (WPHF) in support of women’s participation, leadership and empowerment in situations of conflict and humanitarian crises, and to continue to engage in its activities through the Funding Board and the Steering Committee.
Additional contribution to the Fund’s activities, 2 Mio EUR, Uganda, 2019-2022.
Agreed to host the first “Global Women’s Forum for Peace & Humanitarian Action: Women Peacebuilders & First Responders Defining Key Priorities in 2020 and Beyond” in cooperation with the WPHF and the Global Network of Women Peace Builders (GNWP) in February 2020.
- Held in Vienna in February 2020 https://www.entwicklung.at/en/ada/news/detail-en/well-rise-up-strong-message-for-peace-sent-from-vienna
Pledges to support civil society organizations in the implementation of UNSCR 1325, and finance specific projects up to the amount of EUR 100,000 to combat sexual violence against women within the framework of implementing UNSCR 1325. Also pledges EUR 5 million in the fight against FGM in the next 3 years.
Agreed funding agreement for the programme “Improve the Implementation of UNSCR 1325” 1 Mio EUR, implemented by the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders in Uganda, South Sudan, Kenya, Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, Moldova and Ukraine, 2019-2022.
Contribution of USD 50,000 to the UN Women Trust Fund to End Violence against Women and USD 50,000 into the UN Women Expert Deployment Programme with Justice Rapid Response in the MENA Region with the focus to Ending Impunity for Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (Investigating Crimes, Preparing for Justice).
Contribution to the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme to Eliminate FGM, 2.5 Mio EUR, 2019-2021.
The agreed funding agreement for “Sexual Reproductive and Health Rights Initiative in Amhara, Ethiopia” implemented by CARE, 2.8 Mio EUR, Ethiopia, 2019-2023.
Austria pledges to support a JPO position at UN Women to support the implementation of UNSCR 1325 and subsequent UNSC resolutions.
Austria has financed a JPO at the Executive Office of UN Women for 1 year, with a possibility for a second year.
Further support to UN Women: Contribution to the “Programme to accelerate the implementation of the women ́s peace and security agenda for better conflict prevention and peacebuilding in the Sahel region”; 1 Mio EUR, Sahel region, 2019-2021.
Capacity-building: In 2019 and 2020, Austria will support the promotion of and training on UNSCR 1325 within the Austrian Armed Forces by nominating high-ranking Austrian officials to participate in the annual “Key Leader Seminar on Gender Perspectives in Military Operations” at the Nordic Centre for Gender in Military Operations, and hold the Annual Network Meeting of Female Soldiers with a focus on UNSCR 1325.
Regarding the pledge to support the promotion and training on UNSCR 1325 within the Austrian Armed Forces by nominating high-ranking Austrian officials to participate in the annual “Key Leader Seminar on Gender Perspectives in Military Operations” in 2019 and 2020 at the Nordic Centre for Gender in Military Operation, Austria is content to announce, that in 2019 Brigadier General CHRISTINA (Head of Planning/Joint Force Command) attended the seminar. The General Staff will continue to support this pledge by nominating a high-ranking Austrian official for this year’s seminar.
Regarding the annual network meeting of female soldiers the Military Academy invited one of Austria’s Gender Advisors to address the topic “Women, Peace and Security” during the ceremony.
Additional commitments shared in 29 January 2020 updates:
In 2020, Austria envisages to conduct the “Vienna Seminar” in cooperation with IPI with a focus on the 20th anniversary of UNSCR 1325.
The Austrian Ministry of Defence and the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in cooperation with the International Peace Institute (IPI) will conduct the 50th Vienna Seminar on May 5th- 6th, 2020, with a focus on the implementation of the UNSCR 1325 and furthermore the role of Women, Peace and Security in Peacekeeping Operations.