The Nordic Africa Institute


Civil Society Briefers in the UNSC: Past, Present and Future

A wide view of the Security Council meeting on the situation in Somalia.On the screen is Shukria Dini, Co-founder and Executive Director of the Somali Women’s Studies Centre

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Time • 9 Nov 2021 15:00 - 16:30
Place • Zoom

This is the second of two roundtable discussions to exchange knowledge and expertise on the UN Security Council's group of elected member states (E10) in favour of women, peace and security (WPS).

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This event concentrates on the past, present and future civil society briefing of the UNSC. Particularly focusing on African inputs from civil society briefers, the discussion will include an exchange of insights about the evolving practices of briefing the Council and the opportunities and challenges of African civil society women briefers.

The roundtable will bring together researchers from NAI, PRIO and the University of Pretoria, as well as government policy-, and decision-makers, representatives from the UN, and civil society stakeholders from both Sweden and Africa.

A number of the Elected 10 (E10) member states of the UN Security Council (UNSC) have endeavoured to include women briefers in Council sessions in the process of advancing the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda. Indeed, involving civil society through briefing has helped to integrate the knowledge and experiences from women in conflict situations into Council discussions, and generated context-relevant UNSC resolutions and decisions.

This virtual roundtable will explore the evolution of briefing as a practice, and highlight African civil society stakeholders and their contributions and foster dialogue on the purpose and opportunities arising from briefing the UNSC. E10 perspectives combined with civil society expertise can constitute a constructive interplay of policy knowledge and pragmatic solutions. Presentations will draw attention to the direct experience of African civil society and women briefers and explore the entry-points for enhancing the work of the Council.

  • Welcome
    Professor Eleanor Fisher, Head of Research, Nordic Africa Institute, Sweden
  • The Past: The History of Women Briefers
    Dr. Pablo Castillo Diaz, Policy Specialist on Peace and Security, UN Women, United States
  • The Present: Briefing the UN Security Council
    Ms. Kaavya Asoka, Executive Director, NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security, United States
    Ms. Jackline Nasiwa, Founder and National Director, Centre for Inclusive Governance, Peace and Justice (CIGPJ), South Sudan
    Ms. Sandrine Lusamba, Executive Coordinator, SOFEPADI, DR Congo
    Moderator: Dr. Angela Muvumba Sellström, Senior Researcher, Nordic Africa Institute, Sweden
  • The Future: Challenges and Opportunities Facing Civil Society
    Dr. Sithembile Mbete, Senior Lecturer, Department of Political Sciences, University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • Closing reflections
    Professor Siphamandla Zondi, Professor of Politics and International Relations, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

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