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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.
Summary of S.C Debate on Children and Armed Conflict
June 16, 2010
Last month's Open Debate, on UN Peacekeeping Operations took place on the 26th of August 2011
On 25 June 2012, the Security Council held an Open Debate on the Protection of Civilians (PoC) in Armed Conflict. The discussion, which pivoted upon the Secretary-General's recent report (S/2012/376) on current challenges to effective PoC, did not result in the adoption of an outcome document.
Protection of Civilians in Conflict, 9 November
On the 19th of January the Security Council held an Open Debate, under the Presidency of South Africa on the importance of the rule of law as one of the key elements of international peacekeeping, conflict prevention, conflict resolution and peacebuilding.
On Wednesday September 19th 2012, the Security Council held an open debate on Children in Armed Conflict (CAAC). The main focus was the Secretary-General Report on Children and Armed Conflict (S/2012/261). The council adopted Resolution 2068 on CAAC, which addressed the issue of persistent perpetrators and the need to end impunity through the use of national and international justice mechanisms.
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.
On 12 July 2012, the Security Council held an Open Debate on Post-Conflict Peacebuilding. The discussion, grounded in a recent concept paper entitled, “Post-conflict peacebuilding: report of the Peacebuilding Commission,” focused upon the role of the Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) in facilitating states' transitions from conflict to sustainable peace.
On the 30th of November, the Security Council discussed the progress, and challenges linked to its current Working Methods. Although a high number of speakers took the floor, references to the women, peace and security agenda were few, with only 5 out of 40 statements mentioning WPS. Countries mentioning gender at the debate included the US, Belgium, Australia, Germany and Finland.
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.