What's In Blue

Posted Wed 13 Apr 2011

Insights on Women, Peace and Security

Tomorrow (Thursday, 14 April) Margaret Wallström, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, will brief the Council in a public meeting. This will be followed by informal consultations with Council members. Wallström is expected to focus on the DRC and is likely to cover the situation on the Angola-DRC border in the west as well as the east of the country. Wallström last briefed the Council on 14 October.

This is Wallström’s first briefing since resolution 1960 was adopted establishing a monitoring, analysis and reporting mechanism on conflict-related sexual violence situations on the Council’s agenda in December 2010. She is therefore expected also to take some time during her briefing to outline how her office is addressing the practical implementation of the mechanism and the priorities for her office in the coming months.

Later this month Wallström is expected to brief the DRC Sanctions Committee and it is possible that she may provide it with names of individuals for possible targeted sanctions. This will be her first time briefing a sanctions committee. (The Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Radhika Coomaraswamy briefed the DRC Sanctions Committee on 21 May in 2010 in a similar fashion and provided information to the committee to support the listings of six individuals for their actions involving children.)

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