DENMARK  

Plan launched first in 2005, second in 2008, third in 2014

Objectives/Aims:
• Support the full and equal participation of women in prevention and resolution of conflicts, peace negotiations, peacebuilding, peacekeeping, humanitarian response and in post-conflict reconstruction in accordance with SCR 1325.
• Actively promote gender aspects of the Responsibility to Protect and transitional justice programmes to end impunity for sexual and gender based violence in conflicts.
• Participate in the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and State Building and focus on implementing the New Deal and its embedded five peace and state building goals, which require systematic inclusion of a gender perspective.
• Focus on promoting women as peace-builders in specific country programmes in fragile and conflict-affected states with a particular focus on active involvement of multilateral actors.
• Work to ensure that international operations and humanitarian efforts include a clear gender perspective.

Commentary:
In 2005, Denmark  became the first country to launch an official National Action Plan for the implementation of UNSCR 1325. Now Denmark has released a third NAP for the period 2014-2019. It is based on the country`s first NAP in 2005 and second NAP for the period 2008-2013. Denmark has not actively taken part in a war for a long time. The focus of the Danish NAP is therefore mainly on the international implementation of Women, Peace and Security Agenda.

Civil Society:
Third sector organizations have  been partiallyinvolved in the  development, implementation, evaluation and monitoring activities of Denmark`s NAPs`. In other words, civil society has remained underrepresented in the relevant working groups such as the Inter-Ministerial Working Group (IMWG). Apart from that leading women`s organizations such as Women in Black and WILPF Denmark actively engage in the meaningful participation of women in peace processes.

Women in Peacekeeping:
As described in the Danish third NAP, Denmark contributed to the training and recruitment of female police officers for international peacekeeping operations. Danish National Police also promoted leadership training and human rights education prior to deployment, pursuant to UNSCR 1325. In addition to these efforts, local female police officers in Iraq and Afghanistan were trained by deployed Danish female police officers. For instance, in the TIPH mission in Hebron, the share of deployed Danish female police officers amounted to 50 % of the total number of deployed Danish police officers.

UN Peacekeeping Statistics:

Staff Officers: 0 out of 13

Experts on Mission: 2 out of 11

Sources:
Denmark National Action Plan (2005)
Denmark Revised National Action Plan (2008)
Denmark Revised National Action Plan (2014)
UN Peacekeeping (2017)
PeaceWomen (n.d)

References:
Government of Denmark (2005). Denmark’s Action Plan on implementation of Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women and Peace and Security. Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark and the Ministry of Defence.  pp.1-7.

Government of Denmark (2008). Denmark’s National Action Plan for implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security 2008-2013. Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, the Ministry of Defence and Danish National Police. pp.1-20.

Government of Denmark (2014). Denmark’s National Action Plan for implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security 2014 – 2019.  Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark. pp.1-36.

PeaceWomen (n.d.). National Action Plan: Denmark. [online] Peacewomen.org. Available at: http://peacewomen.org/nap-denmark  [Accessed 9 Feb. 2018].

UN Peacekeeping (2017). Summary of Contributions to UN Peacekeeping by Country and Post. [online] Peacekeeping.un.org. Available at: http://peacekeeping.un.org/sites/default/files/summary_of_contributions_to_un_peacekeeping_by_country_and_post.pdf [Accessed 9 Feb. 2018].

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