(Part 1) United Nations peacekeeping operations - Women in peacekeeping - Security Council, 8508th meeting
11 Apr 2019 - The aim of the open debate is to provide Member States with the opportunity to discuss and exchange views on how the Security Council and Member States can best support and strengthen efforts to increase the numbers of women in peacekeeping. Member States, in particular troop- and police-contributing countries, are invited to discuss concrete strategies and make recommendations, as well as to share examples of national or regional best practices in overcoming existing barriers to women’s participation. The open debate will be chaired by Ursula von der Leyen, Federal Minister of Defence of Germany. The Secretary-General; Major General Kristin Lund, first female Force Commander and currently Head of Mission and Chief of Staff at the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization; and Merekaje Lorna Nanjia, Secretary-General, South Sudan Democratic Engagement Monitoring and Observation Programme, will brief the Council.