International Day of UN Peacekeepers – May 29th

2014 THEME: UN PEACEKEEPING: A Force for Peace. A Force for Change.  A Force for the Future. United Nations peacekeeping is modernizing to ensure that it can tackle tomorrow’s peace and security challenges. It is deploying new technologies such as unarmed, unmanned aerial vehicles, refining its practices to better protect civilians, and boosting the representation of women among its ranks while strengthening its partnerships with regional organizations. Read more    ...

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Nigeria will preside over the Security Council in April 2014

Three open debates are planned. An open debate on women, peace and security, with a focus on sexual violence in conflict will include a briefing by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zainab Bangura, and possibly also by a civil society representative. Also planned, is an open debate on security sector reform, with a briefing from the Secretary-General. The quarterly open debate on the Middle East is also scheduled, with a briefing by Special Coordinator Robert Serry. Read...

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GA / Democratic Republic of Congo wrap – September 13, 2013

The Secretary-General told delegates at a Mini Summit on the implementation of Peace, Security and Cooperation for the Democratic Republic of the Congo that the first priority was to address tensions in the region so that the Framework agreement could be implemented.  Watch the video UNTV Posted at: September 23, 2013 6:13 pm Duration:...

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Upcoming Event – April 29: Mrs. Mary Robinson, UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa

The Women’s International Forum is pleased to present “Ensuring Women are Central to Peace, Security Cooperation and Development  in the Great Lakes Region of Africa” by Mrs. Mary Robinson UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa   Date:     Tuesday, April 29th 2014 Time:     1.15 pm – 2.30 pm Venue:  UNHQ, Dag Hammarskjöld Library Auditorium – ENTRANCE AT 43rd STREET GATE   United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Mrs. Mary Robinson of Ireland as his Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa on March 18th 2013.  Mrs. Robinson plays a key role in supporting the implementation of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Great Lakes Region of Africa. Mrs. Robinson brings with her more than four decades of political and diplomatic experience, including as President of Ireland from 1990 to 1997 and as a member of the Irish Senate from 1969 to 1989.  She also has considerable international experience, most notably as United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights from 1997 to 2002. Mrs. Robinson serves also as President of the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice, a centre for thought leadership, education and advocacy on the struggle to secure global justice for those many victims of climate change who are usually forgotten — the poor, the disempowered and the marginalized across the world. From 2002 to 2010, Mrs. Robinson led the organization Realizing Rights:  The Ethical Globalization Initiative, the core activities of which included strengthening women’s leadership and encouraging corporate responsibility.  Internationally renowned for championing human rights, she is a member of the Elders and serves on the Board and Prize Committee of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation. Learn more about The Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice (MRFCJ) Please reply to obtain a pass by one of the following methods:  Online registration Leave a Voicemail: 1-212-963.3112. Please spell your name and your guest’s and leave a contact no. Please send us your cheque for guest fees ($10 per guest) to the Women’s International Forum, One UN Plaza, DC 1-0648, United Nations, New York, NY 10017. UN Security requires a list of all attendees without UN passes by April 24th 2014 at the latest. Passes should be picked up from WIF Board Members by 1.00 pm – at 43rd Street gate – on the day of the lecture on April 29th...

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