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 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.
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. The debate addressed Secretary-General's annual report (S/2012/732) and the presidential statement (S/PRST/2012/23) adopted by the Council on 31st October 2012.
Briefing by Head of UN Women, Michelle Bachelet on Equal Participation and Protection of Women in UN Peacekeeping Countries
On the 24th of April Michelle Bachelet, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, and Hervé Ladsous, Under Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations briefed the Security Council on Women, Peace and Security. The open briefing was followed by closed consultations with Council members.
The Security Council held an Open Briefing on Women, Peace and Security on April 27, 2010 during which they considered a report on women, peace and security indicators (as requested in SCR 1889, OP17), and were briefed by Margot Wallström, the Secretary-General's Special Representative on Sexual Violence.
The Permanent Mission of China, which held the Security Council Presidency during the month of October, organized an open debate on Women, Peace and Security on 29 October 2008 in recognition of the 8th anniversary of the adoption of SCR 1325. All 15 members of the Security Council, 35 Non-Security Council Member States, 3 UN Entities and 1 Civil Society representatives made interventions.
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 pea
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
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.
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.
In the second Presidential Statement, adopted in October of 2002, the Security Council welcomed the Secretary-General's report on women, peace and security and committed to study its recommendations. It also called on the Secretary-General to prepare a follow-up report on the full implementation of 1325 by October 2004.
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.
On October 24, 2000 the Security Council held an Open Debate on “Women, Peace and Security”, passing landmark Resolution 1325. An overwhelming number of speakers advocated for the urgent need to include women in all aspects of peacebuilding initiatives and all stages of peace processes.
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