Sustainable Development Goals

5. Gender Equality
16. Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

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7 December 2020 | 6:00 PM - 9 December 2020 | 8:00 PM
[High-level Global Event] Strengthening Women’s Role in Building and Sustaining Peace: from Commitments to Results

In 2020, the international community will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the adoption of UN Security Council resolution 1325 (2000) and the establishment of the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda. 2020 will also mark the 75th anniversary of the Charter of the United Nations, 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, 5th anniversary of the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2020 review of the United Nations Peacebuilding Architecture.

In 2020, Viet Nam will also commence its latest term as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council. Noting its long-standing leadership on the UN Security Council’s WPS agenda, including adoption of resolution 1889 (2009) under its Presidency, the Government of Viet Nam proposes to host a high-level event to accelerate the role of women in building sustaining peace. The event will be supported by the UN and include a specific focus on:

  1. Women’s meaningful participation in building and sustaining peace; and,
  2. Conditions and the resources necessary for gender-responsive peacebuilding and women’s empowerment as an integral part of peacebuilding.

Viet Nam’s leadership in securing resolution 1889 (2009) highlighted the need to strengthen the implementation and monitoring of resolution 1325 (2000) and the overall WPS agenda, calling for a better response to the needs of women in post-conflict/war situations and mainstreaming gender perspectives in all decision-making processes, especially in the early stages of recovery and peacebuilding. The resolution further addresses the lack of adequate funding for gender equality in conflict-affected and peacebuilding settings and calls for the tracking of funds allocated to address women’s needs during peacebuilding.

The General Assembly and Security Council’s twin resolutions on sustaining peace, as well as the Secretary-General’s Seven-Point Action Plan on Gender Responsive Peacebuilding (being reviewed in 2020) are also critical to the WPS agenda. In these resolutions, the Secretary-General commits the UN system to allocating at least 15 per cent of UN-managed funds to support peacebuilding through projects which “address women’s specific needs, advance gender equality or empower women” as their principle objective.

The 2019 Secretary-General’s Report on Women, Peace and Security (S/2019/800) highlights the participation of women in planning and decision making on post-conflict reconstruction and recovery financing, management and monitoring as an ongoing priority in the lead up to the 20th anniversary of the WPS agenda in 2020.

Given the critical gaps that remain in advancing gender-responsive peacebuilding, realizing women’s full and equal participation in peacebuilding, and the limited progress in the mobilization of resources for gender-responsive peacebuilding, the International Conference is organized to discuss the implementation of the WPS agenda and reflect on opportunities, gaps and challenges for women’s leadership and participation in peacebuilding on the ground. The event will also identify good practices and collaborative approaches, as well as discuss policy-level action and the dedicated expertise and resources needed to accelerate women’s participation in peacebuilding.

Discussion highlights will include:

  • Assessment of the implementation of the WPS Agenda on the role of women in peacebuilding
  • Moving forward the WPS agenda, advancing gender-responsive peacebuilding and accelerating women’s participation in peacebuilding


JW Marriott Hotel

No 8, Do Duc Duc Road, Me Tri

7 December 2020 | 6:00 PM - 9 December 2020 | 8:00 PM

About the event

Purpose of the Event

The aim of this global event is to advance gender-responsive peacebuilding as well as to accelerate women’s meaningful participation in and financing for gender-inclusive peacebuilding. It will provide a unique opportunity for senior officials from the UN, Member States, international and regional organizations, international financial institutions, women’s organizations, peacebuilding practitioners and other stakeholders to reflect on the experiences of women involved in peacebuilding, as well as to identify the current gaps and make commitments to accelerate action beyond 2020.

The event will also provide an opportunity for Member States and the international community to highlight their commitment to women-led and gender-responsive peacebuilding and reconstruction – through dedicated resourcing, demonstrated political support, and socio-economic empowerment as part of peacebuilding.


The event is envisaged to host 300 participants combining physical and virtual participation, including high-level United Nations officials, representatives of all Member States, representatives of Regional Organizations, NGOs, academia, women’s organizations, peacebuilding practitioners and other stakeholders.

The event will follow a hybrid format with physical and virtual participation. There will be live stream transmission of all plenary sessions on “UN in Viet Nam” Facebook and YouTube under the following schedule:

Day 1: 7 December 18:00 – 22:30 ICT

Day 2: 8 December 18:30 – 22:30 ICT

Day 3: 9 December 17:00 – 20:00 ICT

Please register by 4 December 2020 for both physical and virtual participation in the registration form:

More documents can be found in the Background Documents at the bottom of this page.

Expected results/take-aways

The overall goal is to drive momentum and accelerate implementation of gender-responsive peacebuilding by identifying current obstacles preventing women’s central role in peacebuilding; and formulating solutions to overcome these challenges, which include leveraging existing enablers and good practices to accelerate achieving concrete WPS results.

In terms of more concrete outcomes, the host country will produce an outcome document which will be open to co-sponsorship to be sent to the Presidents of the General Assembly, Security Council and Peacebuilding Commission.

For inquiries, please contact focal programme persons:

  • WPS Conference Program, Plenary Sessions Inquiries
  • Ms Le Thanh Forsberg
  • UN Strategic Results and Partnerships Specialist, UN Resident Coordinator’s Office in Viet Nam
  • Email:
  • WPS Conference Logistics, Technical Connection Inquiries
  • Mr. Nguyen Duy Thanh
  • Department of International Organizations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Viet Nam
  • Email: 

Media Contact

  • Mr. Trinh Anh Tuan, Senior Programme Communications and Advocacy Officer
  • UN Resident Coordinator's Office in Viet Nam
  • Email: | Mobile: +84 (0)90 329 6393
  • Ms. Yoomi Jun, Communications Officer
  • UN Resident Coordinator's Office in Viet Nam
  • Email: | Mobile: +84 (0)79 409 0421

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International Conference on Women, Peace and Security

Background documents

Agenda of WPS Conference 7-9 Dec 2020_FINAL

WPS Conference - Concept Note

WPS Conference - Logistics Note

WPS Conference - General Instructions for virtual attendees

WPS Conference - General Instructions for virtual panelists

WPS Conference - Technical guidance for panel discussions

WPS Conference - Guidelines for submitting pre-recorded video messages

WPS Conference - Concept Note - Vietnamese

WPS Conference - Logistical Note - Vietnamese

Agenda of WPS 7-9 December 2020 - Vietnamese