UN-Women welcomes the findings and recommendations of the Corporate Thematic Evaluation of UN-Women's Support to National Action Plans (NAPs) on Women, Peace and Security (WPS), which sought to “assess the relevance, coherence, effectiveness, organizational efficiency and sustainability of UN-Women’s support to the development and implementation processes of WPS NAPs at the global, regional and country levels from 2015 to 2019, as well as to assess the extent to which a human rights approach and GE principles were integrated into this support.” The evaluation’s assessment was informed by a document review, virtual case studies and consultations with UN-Women staff at Headquarters, Regional Offices and Country Offices, partners including governments and civil society organizations, and international organizations. In the period under review, UN-Women’s work on NAPs is reflected in UN-Women’s Strategic Plan 2014-2017 under Impact 4: “Peace and security and humanitarian action are shaped by women leadership and participation” and Strategic Plan 2018-2021 under Outcome 1: “Women and girls contribute to and have greater influence in building sustainable peace and resilience and benefit equally from the prevention of natural disasters and conflicts and from humanitarian action.” UN-Women’s NAP support also strongly aligns with the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly Goal 5 on gender equality and Goal 16 on just, peaceful and inclusive societies.
UN-Women appreciates this evaluation as the first comprehensive assessment of UN-Women’s support to WPS NAPs at all levels of the Entity’s work. The evaluation recognizes UN-Women as the leading UN agency with expertise in this area and that UN-Women is widely recognized for its NAP coordination and normative roles at both global and country level. The evaluation observes that UN-Women’s NAP support is well-aligned to the most directly relevant global frameworks, while also noting that national ownership is an important feature of UN-Women’s NAP work and that the Entity’s support is strongly aligned and widely seen as relevant to national contexts. The evaluation notes UN-Women’s consistent application of high-impact NAP criteria to guide the Entity’s support to NAPs, with technical assistance, capacity building and advocacy regarded as the Entity’s most effective intervention areas. Importantly, the assessment recognized UN-Women's critical role of bringing together multiple and diverse stakeholders, providing neutral spaces for dialogue, and raising awareness and facilitating the development of a shared NAP agenda.
Twenty years after the adoption of UN Security Council resolution 1325 (2000), the evaluation allows UN-Women to reflect on main areas of progress, challenges and lessons learned to identify strategies to inform UN-Women’s continued work in this area for more impactful results, particularly in the context of a global pandemic. UN-Women appreciates the evaluation’s finding that the Entity has laid the foundation for transformative change to address gender equality through NAPs and that there is evidence and demand for UN-Women to apply its support more broadly to NAP implementation, which requires meaningful translation at local level and adequate funding. UN-Women also appreciates the evaluation’s recommendation for strengthened internal thematic and organizational coherence in UN-Women’s support to NAPs and for broadened engagement with other UN agencies. UN-Women recognizes that responding to these recommendations will require an integrated approach for this work at headquarters, regional and country level in all thematic areas, and with a coherent strategy to enable systematic reporting and knowledge sharing, and which is also reflected in the Strategic Plan 2022-2025 and annual work plans. UN-Women also recognizes the specific challenges posed by COVID-19 that will impact support to NAPs and appreciates that the evaluation recognizes the necessity of additional human and financial resources at all levels to fully implement the recommendations.