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Women and peace and security - Report of the UN SG (S/2008/622)

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I. Introduction

1. The present report is submitted in accordance with the statement by the President of the Security Council of 23 October 2007 (S/PRST/2007/40), in which the Council requested the Secretary-General to prepare a follow-up report on the full and effective implementation of its resolution 1325 (2000), incorporating information on the impact of armed conflicts on women and girls in situations that are on the agenda of the Council, and also information on their protection and on the enhancement of their role in peace processes. It further requested that the report include information on measures taken to improve the capacity of Member States to implement the resolution, including information on best practices.

2. The present report responds to the above-mentioned mandates. Section I contains an introduction, section II covers critical areas and concerns related to the impact of armed conflict on women, section III provides an overview of progress and challenges in implementation of the resolution by Member States, United Nations entities and civil society, including best practices to improve capacities of Member States, and section IV contains conclusions and recommendations.

3. The report draws on information and data provided by Member States(1) in response to a note verbale dated 8 April 2008 and by United Nations entities,(2) civil society and non-governmental organization partners.