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    • Civilian CSDP Compact

    Joint Action Plan Implementing the Civilian CSDP Compact

    The Joint Action Plan (JAP) serves to support the implementation of the 2018 Civilian CSDP Compact on the EU level, by the European External Action Service (EEAS) and Commission services. As such, the JAP is complementary to the Member States’ National Implementation Plans (NIPs).
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    • Evaluation

    CPCC Report on Civilian CSDP Lessons 2018

    This report from CPCC identifies structural issues civilian CSDP missions face, reports on the implementation of solutions and provides best practices in specific cases. It is based on input from missions and CPCC and is divided in lessons on planning, on the conduct of operation, on mission support and on horizontal issues (integrated approach, security, duty of care and more). Each section lists lessons which have been learnt in the first Compact and those that were newly identified.
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    • Knowledge Management

    Facilitating Experience Capitalisation

    This guidebook is about the capitalisation of experience, a process that aims at turning individual experience on the field into practical and shareable knowledge, to increase the impact of a project.
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    • Women, Peace and Security

    EU Strategic Approach to Women, Peace and Security (WPS)

    In the Council Conclusions on WPS, the Council recalls the commitments of the European Union and its Member States to the full implementation of the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda and welcomes the EU Strategic Approach to Women, Peace and Security (WPS) as key guiding document.
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    • Civilian CSDP Compact

    2018 Civilian CSDP Compact

    The first Civilian CSDP Compact is a key strategic document aiming to strengthen the civilian dimension of the CSDP. It was signed by EU Member States in 2018 and encompasses 22 political commitments that seek to render civilian CSDP a) more capable; b) more effective, flexible and responsive; and c) more joined up.
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    • Women, Peace and Security

    Civilian Operations Commander Operational Guidelines for Mission Management and Staff on Gender Mainstreaming

    These guidelines aim to operationalise political commitments regarding gender mainstreaming in missions. Designed for CSDP civilian missions management and staff, they focus on integrating the gender dimension into the daily work of the missions.
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    • Strategic Context of Civilian CSDP

    The Civilian CSDP Compact - A Success Story for the EU's Crisis Management Cinderella?

    This policy brief by the European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS), argues that civilian CSDP will need three essential elements to succeed: (1) a renewed and credible strategic framework; (2) adequate operational capabilities; and (3) a solid commitment by relevant stakeholders.
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    • Civilian CSDP Compact
    • Strategic Context of Civilian CSDP

    Civilian Capabilities Development Plan

    The Civilian Capabilities Development Plan (CCDP) identifies needed capabilities and capacities to strengthen civilian CSDP and makes suggestions for their development by EU member states. It was published two months before the first Civilian CSDP Compact was signed in 2018.
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    • Civilian CSDP Missions
    • Leadership and Management

    Upgraded Generic Standards of Behaviour for CSDP Missions and Operations

    This document revises and replaces the Generic Standards of Behaviour for ESDP Operations (2005). It addresses i.a. professional integrity, sexual and gender-based discrimination, harassment, and abuse, corruption, and discretion in handling information. The standards apply to both civilian and military CSDP missions and operations’ personnel and are coherent with comparable standards, especially those of the UN.
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    • Women, Peace and Security

    Women in the CSDP: Strengthening the EU’s Effectiveness as an International Player

    In the context of the upgrade of the Security and Defense Cooperation in the EU, this article argues that much can be gained by improving the gender balance in CSDP missions and operations.
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