Women, Peace and Security

  • 19 October 2022

    Women, Peace and Security: Annual Open Debate

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    Tomorrow (20 October), the Security Council will hold its annual open debate on women, peace and security (WPS). UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed, UN Women Executive Director Sima Sami Bahous, and Special Envoy on WPS of the Chairperson of...

  • October 2022

    Women, Peace and Security

    Monthly Forecast

    In October, the Security Council is scheduled to hold its annual open debate on women, peace and security (WPS), which will be entitled “Strengthening women’s resilience and leadership as a path to peace in regions plagued by armed groups”. Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, UN Women Executive Director Sima Sami Bahous and two women civil society representatives are the anticipated briefers.

  • Tomorrow morning (15 June), the Security Council will hold a ministerial-level open debate on women, peace and security (WPS) titled “Keeping the promises: the role of regional organizations in implementing the women, peace and security agenda in the face of political turmoil and...

  • On Monday morning (6 June), the Security Council will convene for an open briefing on the situation in Ukraine. The focus of the meeting will be on conflict-related sexual violence and human trafficking in the context of the war in...

  • June 2022

    Women, Peace and Security

    Monthly Forecast

    On 15 June, the Security Council will hold an open debate on the role of regional organisations in implementing the women, peace and security (WPS) agenda in contexts of political turmoil and seizures of power by force. One of the signature events of Albania’s presidency, the meeting will be convened at ministerial level and chaired by Albanian Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Olta Xhaçka. Secretary-General António Guterres is expected to provide opening remarks. UN Women Executive Director Sima Sami Bahous and high-level representatives from the African Union (AU), the European Union (EU), the League of Arab States (LAS), and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) are the anticipated briefers.

  • Tomorrow morning (13 April), the Security Council will hold its annual open debate on conflict-related sexual violence, which this year is titled “Accountability as Prevention: Ending Cycles of Sexual Violence in Conflict”. The meeting will be chaired by Lord (Tariq)...

  • 10 April 2022

    Ukraine Briefing

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    Tomorrow morning (11 April), the Security Council will convene for a briefing on the situation in Ukraine, under the agenda item “Maintenance of Peace and Security of Ukraine”. The meeting will be chaired by Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon, UK...

  • April 2022

    Women, Peace and Security

    Monthly Forecast

    In April, the Security Council will hold its annual open debate on conflict-related sexual violence, which this year is entitled “Accountability as Prevention: Ending Cycles of Sexual Violence in Conflict”. The UK Minister of State for South Asia, North Africa, the UN and the Commonwealth and Special Representative of the UK Prime Minister on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, is expected to chair the meeting. Secretary-General António Guterres, Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict Pramila Patten, 2018 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Nadia Murad, and one or more civil society representatives are the anticipated briefers.

  • Tomorrow (8 March), International Women’s Day, the Security Council will hold a ministerial-level open debate on women, peace and security (WPS) titled “Advancing the Women, Peace and Security agenda through partnerships: Women’s economic inclusion and participation as a key to...

  • March 2022

    Women, Peace and Security

    Monthly Forecast

    On 8 March, the Security Council will hold a ministerial-level open debate on enabling public-private partnerships to contribute to women’s economic empowerment in conflict-affected and fragile settings. One of the signature events of the presidency of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the meeting will be chaired by the UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment, Mariam bint Mohammed Saeed Hareb Almheiri. UN Women Executive Director Sima Sami Bahous, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Kristalina Georgieva, and a civil society representative are the anticipated briefers.

  • Tomorrow (18 January), the Security Council will hold a ministerial-level open debate on women, peace and security (WPS) titled “Protecting participation: addressing violence targeting women in peace and security processes”. Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Anniken Huitfeldt will chair the...

  • In January, the Security Council will hold an open debate entitled “Protecting Participation: Addressing Violence Targeting Women in Peace and Security Processes”. One of the signature events of Norway’s presidency, the meeting will be convened at ministerial level and chaired by the Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Anniken Huitfeldt. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet and one or more civil society representatives are expected to brief. No outcome is expected.

  • The women, peace and security (WPS) agenda was inaugurated in 2000 with the adoption of Security Council resolution 1325. Trepidation marked the agenda’s 20th anniversary last year, with difficult Council dynamics characterising engagement on this issue in 2019-2020. Against this backdrop, the “presidency trio” initiative on WPS led by Ireland, Kenya and Mexico during their consecutive presidencies (September, October and November) may be understood as an initial attempt to find a way forward for the agenda at the Council.

  • On Monday (15 November), Security Council members will hold an Arria-formula meeting via videoconference (VTC) on “Closing the Protection Gap for Widows in Conflict and Post-Conflict Settings”. The meeting is being organised by Niger, the AU and the EU as...

  • Tomorrow (10 November), the Security Council will convene for its annual briefing with the heads of police components of UN peace operations. The expected briefers are Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix, UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) Police...