WILPF at the United Nations

We strongly support and work for the development and realization of the United Nations Charter and the international conventions and treaties, etc. We put emphasis on the linkages among economic, social and cultural issues, and conflict, production and sales of arms and war. We therefore work for economic and social justice and the promotion and protection of individual and collective human rights and the rights of women.

WILPF has consultative status (category B) with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and has special relations with the International Labour Office (ILO), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and other organisations and agencies.

WILPF was one of a coalition of women’s bodies that pressed for UN Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security, which was passed in 2000. This UN resolution recognises the devastating impact of conflict on women and states that women must be involved in building peace. Whilst the resolution is extraordinary in principle and on paper, a decade later, low prioritisation and lack of resources mean its impact is still not being felt by women as it should. However, with increased political will and action Resolution1325 can be an important tool for involving women in shaping peace.

Peace Women Project

Peace Women logoThe PeaceWomen project monitors and works towards the full and rapid implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security.

More about Resolution 1325 and the Peace Women project.

Reaching Critical Will Project

Reaching Critical Will logoWILPF believes that Nuclear Disarmament is inevitable. Reaching Critical Will is focused on achieving a critical mass of political will for nuclear disarmament. Reaching Critical Will centralises and disseminates information about intergovernmental meetings that discus nuclear disarmament, and are concerned with increasing NGO and public participation in disarmament processes.

More about Reaching Critical Will.