Ireland-2015 Commitments


Intends to partner with Justice Rapid Response-UN Women SGBV Justice Experts Roster to support investigations, prosecutions, and victim recovery in situations of conflict-related gender-based crimes.

Commits to ongoing robust engagement with civil society organisations, international NGOs, academics and independent policy experts as part of NAP implementation

2016 Update:

National Action Plan: Though the representative of Ireland referenced that the state’s NAP is in its second phase, the statement did not reflect any committed implementation efforts.

The representative of Ireland did not indicate whether the promised partnership with the JRR was undertaken.

Financial commitments

Will support the Global Acceleration Instrument on Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action by a minimum of €200,000. It is a flexible and rapid financing mechanism that supports quality interventions. It will enhance the capacity to respond to emerging contexts, including crises and emergencies. It will strengthen capacity to seize key peacebuilding opportunities. It will encourage sustainability and national ownership of investments.

2017 Update:

Ireland currently funds non-governmental organizations that it thinks can make a difference in Women, Peace and Security, including the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue and its “Women at the Peace Table — Africa” initiative in Nigeria, the Dialogue Advisory Group and the Mediation Support Unit of the Department of Political Affairs.

Last year, Ireland hosted a regional workshop on the acceleration of resolution 1325 (2000) in which the discussion was devoted to gender advisers from peacekeeping operations in the United Nations, the European Union (EU) and NATO.

Ireland is a founding member and a key funder of the excellent Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund. Ireland supports women in that role in peacebuilding, conflict prevention and accountability. Ireland is currently working to implement resolution 1325 (2000) through its second National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security.

Ireland is particularly focusing on the empowerment and participation of women in conflict resolution and peacebuilding. Ireland is pleased to be funding the progress study on youth, peace and security led by the Peacebuilding Support Office.

Ireland is proud to say that the Irish Defence Forces have adopted their own action plan for Women, Peace and Security, mainstreaming the priorities across all areas of their policy, including in their overseas engagement.

Ireland strongly supports and implements a policy of zero tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse.

Ireland makes sure that its Irish aid policies make the protection of women and girls a top priority in its rapid-response initiatives.

Ireland supports accountability initiatives for ending impunity for sexual exploitation and abuse, including through working in partnership with Justice Rapid Response and UN-Women.

Ireland would like to underscore Ireland’s major cooperation with and financial support to the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict.

Ireland is one of only 14 States, along with the EU, that are signatories to the Call to Action on Protection from Gender-Based Violence in Emergencies.

Ireland’s gender and disarmament policy recognizes the specific effects that the use of weapons of mass destruction and conventional weapons have on women and girls. Ireland actively emphasizes the importance of women’s participation in disarmament discourse and salute women’s capacity to act as a positive force for change in that regard, something that Ireland is already seeing evidence of.


Ireland made a statement affirming support for the WPS Agenda, but no specific commitment made.

2018 Update:

Ireland’s Defence Forces have an unbroken record of 60 years of participation in United Nations peacekeeping missions. 

Ireland is working with the Commission on the Status of Women to overcome structural barriers.


Ireland is preparing for their third national action plan on resolution 1325 (2000). Ireland was very pleased to host the second regional acceleration of resolution 1325 (2000) in Dublin earlier this year, collaborating with European partners on the Women, Peace and Security Agenda. If Ireland is elected to the Security Council for the period 2021-2022, Ireland will advocate for Women, Peace and Security.


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