On November 1, 2017, the Government of Canada launched Canada’s National Action Plan for the Implementation of the United Nations Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security 2017-2022. It is our second action plan, building on the first plan that existed from 2011-2016.

The vision
Violent conflict affects women, girls, men and boys in different ways. Canada believes that it is important that these consequences are recognized and addressed, as urged by the United Nations Security Council women, peace and security agenda.

The action plan provides a framework for a cohesive whole-of-government approach to implement this important agenda and ensures that our activities in fragile and conflict-affected states align with our broader commitments such as:

  • gender equality
  • empowerment of women and girls
  • respect for women’s and girls’ human rights
  • inclusion and respect for diversity

As part of the action plan, Canada will work to advance the women, peace and security agenda through all of its diplomatic and programming efforts. We make a specific commitment to ensure that gender perspectives are integrated in all peace and security efforts.

This action plan will be implemented by six federal departments and one agency.

Working together for inclusive peace
Canada will take a leadership role to implement global objectives that will support the integration of the women, peace and security agenda in initiatives related to fragile and conflict–affected states.

As part of the plan, gender perspectives will continue to be integrated into Canada’s contributions to peace operations, peacebuilding, development and humanitarian assistance, and prevention and resolution of conflicts.

In addition, Canada will use gender-based analysis plus tools to strengthen our capacity to integrate more targeted gender equality objectives into our activities around the world. We will also:

  • support gender and diversity objectives when considering how to counter and prevent radicalization to violence and violent extremism;
  • manage international migration issues by supporting and protecting women and children who are migrating to Canada; and
  • integrate gender perspectives when providing advice about justice reform in fragile and conflict-affected states and in the investigation and prosecution of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Monitoring and Reporting
Each of the implementing partners have developed individual implementation plans to guide their activities. The plans will be updated to adapt to new challenges and changing situations on the ground.

An annual progress report on the implementation of the action plan will be tabled in Parliament.

Cooperation with civil society
The action plan was developed in collaboration with civil society. A new advisory group, made up of civil society representatives and government officials, will meet to monitor progress and discuss emerging issues.

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