Slovenia has adopted two National Action Plans (NAP) to date, in 2010 and 2018 to be implemented for the period of 2010-2015 and 2018-2020, respectively. The following is a brief summary and analysis of the country’s second NAP.
Slovenia’s NAP was developed by the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, based on the findings of the implementation review of the first NAP. The country’s second action plan is grounded in various national and international documents that pertain to gender mainstreaming in peace and security. The NAP’s scope is both national and international, and the action plan indicates that Slovenia’s capacity to integrate a gender perspective to peace and security in the international arena will bolster the country’s implementation of the WPS Agenda at the national level. The NAP also stresses the importance of a domestic focus to the action plan in order to address emergent issues of the increasing number of migrants and violent extremism.
Slovenia gained independence from Yugoslavia in 1991 after a brief conflict (also referred to as the “Ten-Day War”) between Yugoslav and Slovenian forces. The country has not had a history of conflict since then. In 2018, Slovenia’s military spending increased by 11.7%, with a total of $529.5 million spent on military expenses. Slovenia joined the UN in 1992 and is a contributor to UN Peacekeeping Operations, with a total of 18 personnel serving in missions as of September 2019. A previous member of NATO’s Partnership for Peace Program, Slovenia became a full member of NATO in 2004. Slovenia both signed and ratified the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), which regulates the flow of weapons across international borders.