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On October 18th, the UN Security Council held its annual open debate on women,peace and security entitled Women, Rule of Law and Transitional Justice in Conflict-Affected Situations. The Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay briefed.
The 2004 Open Debate, under the presidency ofthe UK, was notable for a number of innovations. The Council not only reviewed the progress made in the implementation of 1325, but also focused the Open Debate on the issue of gender-based violence and its impact on women's participation in peace and security decision-making.
On Tuesday, 19 March 2013, the Security Council held an open debate on the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). The debate resulted in a resolution [S/RES/2096] extending the mandate of UNAMA for another year.
On October 28, 2014, the Security Council held its annual open debate on Women, Peace and Security with a focus on Displaced Women and Girls: Leaders and Survivors. Marking the 14th Anniversary of UNSCR1325, the debate partly showed how much progress has been made on the Women, Peace and Security Agenda.
On 12 October 2011 the Security Council convened under the Presidency of Nigeria to discuss, with a particular focus on Africa, progress on and challenges associated with SSR. The open debate saw almost 30 speakers take the floor, including Hervé Ladsous, Under-Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations and the Permanent Observer for the African Union, Téte António.
The first Presidential Statement, adopted at the end of the 2001 Open Debate, reaffirmed the Security Council's commitment to increasing women's decision-making role on issues of peace and security, and called on Member States to include women in the negotiation and implementation of peace accords.
The third Open Debate on women, peace and security, held under the presidency of the United States in 2003, did not produce a Presidential Statement and, instead, resulted in a Press Release issued by the United States mission to the UN.
The seventh Open Debate, held under the presidency of Ghana, the Security Council reaffirmed “the importance of the equal role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts and in peacebuilding, and stressed the need for their full and equal participation in peace processes at all levels.” The Council noted the “low number of women appointed as Special Representatives or Special Envoys of the Secretary-General to peace missions” and u
The fifth Open Debate, held under the presidency of Romania, the Security Council issued a presidential statement recognizing “the constant underrepresentation of women in formal peace processes” and expressed its deep concerns about “persistent obstacles and challenges resulting from situations such as violence against women, shattered economies and social structures, lack of rule of law, poverty, limited access to education and resources, va
The sixth Open Debate, held under the presidency of Japan, the Security Council recognized the vital roles of, and contributions by women in consolidating peace.
By Stephanie Bloom, PeaceWomen
PeaceWomen's Debate Watch tracks, compiles and analyzes women and gender language in statements made during the Security Council's debate to facilitate opportunities for advocacy and accountability.
As part of our Security Council Monitor initiative, PeaceWomen has extracted and organized the women, peace and security content of the most recent debate. The statements are available online, organized by Theme (e.g. Conflict Prevention, Indicators, Participation, etc) and by Country/Region.
Summary of S.C Debate on Children and Armed Conflict
June 16, 2010
In 2011 PeaceWomen monitored 11 Thematic Open Debates in the Chamber, witnessing the adoption of 2 related Resolutions and 6 related Presidential Statements.
On Friday November 30th 2012, the Security Council held its annual Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security (WPS). On account of the Hurricane Sandy affects in greater New York area, the debate was rescheduled from its original date on October 29th 2012.
Monthly Action Points (MAP) for the Security Council: October 2013
For October, in which Azerbaijan has the Security Council presidency, the MAP provides recommendations on the situations in Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Haiti, Mali, and Somalia. The MAP also provides recommendations on the expected open debate on women, peace and security, and the forthcoming Security Council mission to Africa.
Monthly Action Points (MAP) for the Security Council: December 2013
For December, in which France has the Security Council presidency, the MAP provides recommendations on the situations in Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Golan Heights, Somalia, and Syria. The MAP also provides recommendations for ongoing implementation of women, peace and security.
The Security Council meets twice annually on the Women, Peace and Security agenda. It holds an open debate on Sexual Violence in Conflict around April and an annual open debate in October on the broader Women, Peace and Security agenda.