20th anniversary of the Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (Oct 29, 2020)

2020 marks the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (Beijing Declaration) – the most progressive blueprint for advancing women’s rights.
It also commemorates 20 years of Security Council Resolution 1325, 5 years of the Sustainable Development Goals, 10 years of UN Women and 75 years of the United Nations.


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António Guterres (UN Secretary-General) on Women, Peace and Security – Security Council Open VTC

Oct 29, 2020 – Opening remarks by António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations on Women, Peace and Security, during the Security Council Open VTC.


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Beyond the Pandemic: Opening the Doors to Women’s Meaningful Participation

The United Nations Department on Political and Peacebuilding Affairs is hosting the virtual event, “Beyond the Pandemic: Opening the Doors to Women’s Meaningful Participation”, on Wednesday, 28 October, at 10:00 AM (NY Time). The event celebrates the 20-year anniversary of United Nations Security Council resolution 1325 (2000) on women, peace and security with the participation of the following speakers in an interactive dialogue:

  • Ms. Rosemary DiCarlo, Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA)
  • Ms. Jeanine Plasschaert, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI)
  • Ms. Kaavya Asoka, Executive Director of the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security
  • Ms. Huda Ali, Feminist Peace Activist and Member of MANSAM, a Sudanese coalition of Women Civic and Political Organizations
  • Ms. Erika Brockmann, former member of the Bolivian national parliament (1997-2005) and currently a master trainer for the National Democratic Institute

Facilitation will be conducted by Akila Radhakrishnan, President of the Global Justice Centre.



> Opening Remarks by Under-Secretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo at the DPPA Event: “Beyond the Pandemic: Opening the Doors to Women’s Meaningful Participation”.


What’s In Blue

Women, Peace and Security: Annual Open Debate

Tomorrow morning (29 October), Security Council members will hold the annual open debate on women, peace and security via videoconference. The title of this year’s debate is “Women and Peace and Security: Twentieth Anniversary of Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) – Focusing on Better Implementation”, according to a concept note (S/2020/1014) shared by Russia, this month’s Council president. The concept note states that “an outcome document of the open debate is expected”. Council members are currently negotiating a draft resolution on women, peace and security, initiated by Russia.
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The Torino Forum for Sustaining Peace is going virtual

Originally envisaged as a high-level event at the UN campus in Turin, Italy, the 2020 Torino Forum is leveraging innovation and technology to bring the Women, Peace and Security community together with the Youth, Peace and Security community for a series of virtual discussions and exchanges. The event will explore the status of the agendas of these respective communities in an open exchange with the wider peacebuilding community.

The overall theme of the 2020 Virtual Torino Forum for Sustaining Peace is “Women and Youth at the Frontlines” – which will guide and set the stage for all sessions throughout the week.

Thanks to a generous contribution from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, there are no fees for the Torino Forum.
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