The annual United Nations Security Council debate on Women Peace and Security was convened by the Council’s current president, the Russian Federation, on 25 October 2016. Prior to the debate Russia circulated a concept note expressing concern for the continued disproportionate impact of conflict on women, and framed the meeting as a follow-up to the 2015 Global Study on the Implementation of UNSCR 1325. Russia therefore called on the representatives of member states to focus their statements on the progress achieved in implementing commitments made in 2015. Among the most commonly addressed issues was the undeniable value of women’s participation in all realms of society, the need to collaborate with women’s civil society and local actors, and the condemnation of sexual and gender based violence (SGBV), particularly by peacekeepers, military forces, and extremist groups. On the other hand, few states addressed disarmament, conflict prevention, or displacement, despite the integral role each plays in the WPS Agenda.
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