Tuesday September 13, 2011 marks the opening of the 66th General Assembly. The theme of the general debate will be "Strengthening the role of mediation in the peaceful settlement of disputes, conflict prevention and resolution.” WILPF UN office will continue to hold Member States accountable to women, peace, and security (WPS), and disarmament commitments by collecting, tracking, and monitoring the gendered language and statements made in the General Assembly Plenary. We share all of our collected information and analysis on our website, please visit GA65 Monitor for last year's General Assembly.
The General Debate for the upcoming 66th session will take place between the 21st to 23rd and the 25th to 27th of September 2011. For more information on the General Assembly, committees, and themes, please visit the this website.
As a member of the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace, and Security, WILPF recently sent a letter to all UN Member State Missions suggesting that they emphasize the important role of women in mediation in their statements at the General Debate at this year's General Assembly. In this letter, WILPF and the other members of the NGO Working Group outlined general guidelines for Member States to incorporate into their statements while noting the existing disparities and particular challenges that women face in post-conflict peace-building. Click here to view the letter in its completed form.