Women, Peace and Security

  • On Monday (4 November), the Security Council is expected to hear briefings from Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed and Permanent Observer of the AU to the UN Fatima Kyari Mohammed on a 21-26 October joint UN-AU solidarity mission to the Horn...

  • Tomorrow (29 October), the Security Council is scheduled to hold its annual open debate on women, peace and security. South Africa, as president of the Council this month, has prepared a concept note (S/2019/801) to guide the debate. The theme...

  • Tomorrow afternoon (25 October), Belgium—together with Peru, the UK, incoming Security Council members Niger and Viet Nam, and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)—is hosting an Arria-formula meeting entitled “Trafficking in persons for sexual exploitation in (post-) conflict...

  • October 2019

    Women, Peace and Security

    Monthly Forecast

    In October, the Security Council expects to hold its annual open debate on women, peace and security. The Secretary-General’s annual report on the issue is due in October as well. South Africa, as president of the Council in October, is expected to circulate a concept note ahead of the debate. The debate may also be held at a high level. The Secretary-General, a representative from UN Women, and a civil society representative may brief.

  • October 2019

    Libya

    Monthly Forecast

    In October, the Council is expected to renew the authorisation for member states, acting nationally or through regional organisations, to inspect vessels on the high seas off the coast of Libya that they have reasonable grounds to suspect are being used for migrant smuggling or human trafficking, which is set to expire on 3 October. The mandate of UNSMIL expires on 15 September 2020, and the mandate of the Panel of Experts assisting the 1970 Libya Sanctions Committee expires on 15 February 2020.

  • Tomorrow morning (26 July), the Security Council is scheduled to have a meeting following a recent trip to Afghanistan by a high-level UN delegation with a focus on women, peace and security. The delegation, which was in Afghanistan from 20...

  • On 23 April, Germany convened a high-level open debate on sexual violence in conflict, a key event of its April presidency (S/PV.8514). Resolution 2467 was adopted, following difficult negotiations that only concluded during the debate. When the resolution passed with...

  • Tomorrow (23 April), the Security Council will hold a high-level open debate on sexual violence in conflict. Heiko Maas, the Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany, is expected to chair the meeting. The anticipated briefers are: Secretary-General António Guterres;...

  • 10 April 2019

    Women in Peacekeeping Open Debate

    What's in Blue

    Tomorrow (11 April), the Security Council will hold an open debate on women in peacekeeping. The meeting will be chaired by Ursula von der Leyen, the German Federal Minister of Defence. Secretary-General António Guterres; Major General Kristin Lund, the Head...

  • April 2019

    Women, Peace and Security

    Monthly Forecast

    In April, the Council will hold an open debate on the Secretary-General’s annual report on conflict-related sexual violence, focusing particularly on accountability and survivor-centred approaches. Germany’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Heiko Maas, is expected to chair. Secretary-General António Guterres and Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict Pramila Patten are expected to participate, as are the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Dr. Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad. International human rights lawyer Amal Clooney is also expected to participate as well as a civil society representative. Germany plans to circulate a concept note ahead of the debate. An outcome is possible.

  • Tomorrow (13 March), there will be an open Arria-formula meeting from 3pm-6pm in the ECOSOC chamber on the inequalities between women and men in political processes. France (Council president this month) and Germany organised the meeting. (France and Germany, which will be Council president next month, have been describing March and April as their “joint presidencies” of the Council.) Tomorrow’s meeting takes place in the midst of the 63rd session of the Commission on the Status of Women, convened from 11-22 March at UN headquarters.

  • Tomorrow morning (8 February) at 10 am, there will be an Arria-formula meeting in the Trusteeship Council Chamber on the preventive impact of criminal accountability for conflict-related sexual and gender-based violence. The meeting was organised by Germany, in partnership with...

  • Tomorrow (24 January), Germany, Peru and the UK are co-hosting an Arria-formula meeting entitled “What’s next for Women, Peace and Security in the Middle East and North Africa: The Potential of National Action Plans”. The meeting will be chaired by...

  • Tomorrow (26 October), Poland, in partnership with Bolivia, France, Germany and South Africa, will organise an Arria-formula meeting on the plight and rights of children born of wartime sexual violence. The briefers include Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual...

  • 24 October 2018

    Women, Peace and Security: Open Debate

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    Tomorrow (25 October), the Security Council will hold its annual open debate on Women, Peace and Security entitled “Promoting the Implementation of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda and Sustaining Peace through Women’s Political and Economic Empowerment”. Secretary-General António Guterres,...