National Action Plan and Implementation: Belgium commits to hosting a consultative meeting with civil society organizations on the progress and implementation of the third Belgian National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security (2017-2021).
On 13/11 Belgium organized a mid-term review event in cooperation with ‘Platform 1325.’ The goal of the multi- stakeholder event was to evaluate the third National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security and reinforce efforts moving forward. The event was attended by more than 80 people from civil society, Parliament, advisory organs and relevant government departments. The recommendations that were put forward during the event, were subsequently brought to the intra-Belgian taskforce on WPS in order to kickstart their implementation.
Belgium provides further details on its website about its work on Women, Peace and Security including within the EU and NATO.
Hosting a special event on human trafficking within the framework of the WPS agenda and as part of Belgium’s tenure in the UN Security Council.
On October 25th 2019, Belgium organized an Arria-formula meeting in the Security Council on the topic of integrating the Women, Peace and Security agenda and the trafficking agenda, with a briefing by the Special Rapporteur on the fight against Trafficking, Mrs. Maria Grazia Giammarinaro. The Members of the Security Council recognized the need to better evaluate the disproportionate impact of trafficking on women in conflict and post-conflict situations, as well as the need to collect data to improve responses. Several Council Members recognized trafficking as a form of sexual and gender-based violence and a tactic of war.
In its reporting on Beijing+25, Belgium provided information about its work on 1325 implementation in Mali (pg. 67) and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) (pg. 68)