||1. Continue to scale up proactive intergovernmental engagement and interagency coordination through a twin-track approach: (i) pursue women, peace and security implementation proactively and (ii) to encourage buy-in from key (and sometimes reluctant) stakeholders, including selected Member States and key United Nations entities.
At the global level, UN Women should:
? Ensure the presence of senior staff in interagency forums and coordination activities including, but not limited to, those chaired by UN Women at global, regional and national levels.
? Develop new strategic relationships at the global level, including partnerships and alliances with key international stakeholders and groups that are leading peace and security and related debates beyond the United Nations system. Specifically, UN Women needs to build stronger linkages with the World Bank (especially the Nairobi-based Fragility Hub), and groups such as the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding, and intergovernmental humanitarian entities, among others.
? Support the creation of thematic groups/communities of practice in key policy areas related to women, peace and security that are comprised of key staff from country and project offices and headquarters to improve mutual learning and cross fertilisation between global policy engagement and country experience.
At the regional and country level, UN Women should:
? Increase staff capacity of regional offices so that they can play a more proactive and strategic intergovernmental and coordination role with regional actors and regional policy/political processes relevant for peacebuilding and state building agendas. These include the African Union, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UMOEA), the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Inter-American system of human rights.
? Increase opportunities for staff at headquarters and in country offices to engage with each other, to support policy engagement at country level and to learn lessons from programme work, including through reciprocal secondments.
||UN Women agrees with this recommendation. Beyond its current strategy focusing on the Security Council and the Peacebuilding Commission, from 2014 onwards it will step-up engagement with regional peace and security institutions, with a view to generating a significant improvement in the visibility and impact of women?s engagement in all aspects of conflict prevention, resolution, and recovery and in humanitarian response. At the interagency level, it will generate stronger country-headquarters coordinated action to support effective engagement in all conflict-related interagency forums from those involved in early warning to post-conflict planning processes. UN Women is looking into joining the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) to support strategic engagement in humanitarian work.
Strategic intergovernmental engagement:
Global: UN Women will continue its engagement with the CEDAW Committee and the Security Council to support application of these instruments. The UN Women Policy Division regularly offers briefings to new Security Council members on the WPS agenda and will expand its practice of hosting ? with other UN entities -- ad hoc roundtables for the benefit of Security Council experts on gender issues in specific country situations. UN Women has twice supported the Peacebuilding Commission to address gender issues in 2013 and will continue to do so in 2014.
Regional: UN Women considers enhancing its engagement with regional institutions a strategic priority. UN Women Representatives are now able to focus more sharply upon their advocacy, partnership, strategic management and policy role and national and regional levels as a consequence of the roll out of the regional architecture and delegation of authority. UN Women already has strong cooperation agreements in place with the EU, OAS and CARICOM, but will in 2014 and beyond focus on building cooperation with the AU, ASEAN, ECOWAS, Pacific Islands Forum and the OSCE.
Strategic interagency processes:
Global: UN Women?s strategic engagement with crucial interagency processes linked to crisis response and transitions is enabled by the participation of its Executive Director in the Secretary-General?s Policy Committee and of its Senior Management in the Senior Peacebuilding Group, the UN Development Group and the Executive Committee on Peace and Security. UN Women?s engagement with new and existing Integrated Mission Task Forces enables it to strengthen its input to coordinated action in UN mission contexts. UN Women chairs the IANGWE Inter-Agency Standing Committee on WPS (SC-WPS). Evidence of increasing maturity and sophistication of this body can be seen in the improved quality of the annual SG report to the Council on women and peace and security. Its members collaborate to strengthen monitoring data and baselines to enable effective results tracking in the UN system-wide Strategic Results Framework on WPS. UN Women co-leads the implementation of the Secretary-General?s Seven Point Action Plan on Gender-Responsive Peacebuilding with the Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO), and has made several of its key targets ? notably the minimum 15 per cent spending target for gender equality in peacebuilding contexts ? a driving imperative across the UN system. UN Women will strengthen its relationship with the World Bank and other international institutions addressing governance and economic security in fragile states (for instance in relation to the New Deal) in the coming year.
With regard to humanitarian response, UN Women has identified the need to join the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) as a crucial condition for more effective action in this arena as well as investing in building the requisite organizational capacity. Initial discussions with the IASC Secretariat have begun and UN Women anticipates joining in 2014.
Country: UN Women has always prioritized supporting host country governments to implement WPS commitments via national planning efforts and support for the engagement of women?s civil society organizations in conflict resolution. The most recent high-visibility consequence of this was the October 2013 convening in Bogota of 400 women peace leaders to input to the on-going peace process and petition for a stronger direct engagement of women in this process, and similar processes were undertaken in 2013 for Mali and Syria.
At country level, UN Women has engaged fully in the formulation of UNDAFs and Peacebuilding Priority Plans. UN Women has been a key player in the recent Peacebuilding Priority Plans developed in Liberia and Kyrgyzstan, and has been successful in securing funding for proposals for actions linking women?s economic empowerment and community leadership to peacebuilding. There is increasing UN Women engagement in humanitarian coordination, such as UN Women?s participation in the UN response to the Syria crisis and the rapid deployment of a GENCAP adviser to the Philippines one week after the disaster.
Staff capacity for proactive and strategic WPS engagement: UN Women will address the evaluation?s recommendation on staff capacity in the area of women, peace and security as both a professional development issue (see also response to recommendation 4) as well as a matter of building internal strategic guidance. In terms of the professional profile, UN Women is currently recruiting Regional Peace and Security Advisers who, along with the Policy Division, will support improved analysis and strategic planning. To support their work, UN Women has already developed and piloted training on gender-responsive peacebuilding for UN Women and UN partner entities. The inaugural session was held in June in partnership with the PBSO, International Alert, and the UN Women Training Center (TC) and will be run again in 2014.
UN Women agrees with the evaluation?s recommendation to improve the frequency of engagement between country and HQ staff. This is a priority to apply lessons from practice (see response to Recommendation 2) as well as to build sharper analytical and strategic capacities. Beyond regular systems such as reciprocal secondments and annual reporting, UN Women also uses the production of the SG report on WPS to stimulate country-level analysis and HQ response. For instance in 2013, inputs from country offices were made to the SG report on WPS detailing links between natural resource management (NRM), gender and peacebuilding.