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The Norwegian national commemoration of the twentieth anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (UNSCR 1325) will take place on 9 November. The event is co-organised by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs together with the Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Research (University of Oslo), FOKUS – Forum for Women and Development, and the PRIO Centre on Gender, Peace and Security.

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Part I Part II Part III

What are the major achievements and challenges ahead?

Watch the event in English here Watch the event in Norwegian here

Session 1, 09:00-10:30: Panel with the political leadership of the ministries that have signed the Norwegian Government's Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security

Time Section​
​09:00 Welcome by Svein Stølen, Rector, University in Oslo.
​09:03 ​Brief introduction by Session Chair Marita Sørheim Rensvik, Spesial Envoy on Women, Peace and Security, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
​09:05-09:45 Panel with the political leadership of the ministries that have signed the Norwegian Government's National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security:
Ine Eriksen Søreide, Minister of Foreign Affairs  
Frank Bakke-Jensen, Minister of Defence  
Guro Angell Gimse, The Standing Committee on Justice, Norwegian Parliament 
Dag-Inge Ulstein, Minister of International Development  
Abid Q. Raja, Minister of Culture and Equality
​09:45-09:50 ​Short presentation by Gro Lindstad, FOKUS/Forum 1325, on the role of civil society in advancing the WPS agenda.
​09:50-10:10 ​Questions and Answers Session with the ministers. Chaired by Gro Lindstad.
​10:10-10:15 ​Women UN Police: Experiences from Liberia and Colombia, by Hanne Markhus Andersen.
​10:15-10:20 Women in the police – Nationally and in UN operations, by Ann Kristin Kvilekval.
​10:20-10:30 Presentation by the Ministry of Defence: 
Force production and implementation of gender perspective in the Norwegian Armed Forces' special operations, by Commodore Christian Harstad, Norwegian Special Operation Forces (NORSOF).
The Norwegian Armed Forces' implementation of the WPS agenda in NATO, by Lieutenant Colonel Per-Roe Petlund, Defence Staff Norway (DEFSTNOR).
​10:30 ​End of session.

Session 2, 11:00-12:00: Emerging Issues. New Voices: An Intergenerational and intersectional approach to Women, Peace and Security

A panel conversation with:

  • Inger Skjelsbæk, Professor, Centre for Gender Research, University in Oslo
  • Marie Doucey, Gender-Responsive Peacebuilding Policy Specialist – UN Women
  • Andrea Ramirez Stangeland, Board member – Peace in Colombia
  • Lena Kvarving , Gender Adviser, Politico Military Domain, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)
  • Session Chair Gro Lindstad, FOKUS

Session 3, 15:00-16:00: Champions of WPS: Norway and Sweden on the Security Council

Time Section
​15:00-15:55 ​A conversation between Margot Wallström, former Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden (2014–2019) and Ine Eriksen Søreide, Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs. The conversation will be on feminist foreign policy and the role and impact of non-permanent members in advancing the Women, Peace and Security agenda in the UN Security Council.

Presentation of research project, by Louise Olsson, Senior Researcher, PRIO.

Chair: Torunn L. Tryggestad, Deputy Director, PRIO & Director, PRIO Centre on Gender, Peace and Security.
​15:55-16:00 ​Closing and information about the programme for the rest of the Commemoration Week.
​16:00 ​End of session.


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The morning session is in Norwegian with translation into English. For more information and to join the civil society week program go to gps.prio.org.

Time zone in Oslo (CET).