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Women and peace and security - Security Council Open VTC
29 Oct 2020 -  An open debate (videoconference) on women and peace and security to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the first Security Council resolution on this topic, resolution 1325 (2000), and to consider future steps to better implement the women and peace and security agenda.
Even though there has been obvious progress in the participation of women in peace processes and addressing their specific needs in armed conflicts at the global, regional and national levels, as well as the increase in the number of women who are involved in peace talks and in training security sector personnel on the prevention and response to sexual and other forms of violence against women, there is a need for further concerted efforts and far greater implementation of the women and peace and security agenda in countries affected by conflict. 
The Secretary-General, António Guterres, will deliver a statement at the beginning of the event, followed by briefings from the following speakers:
Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-Women), Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka;
Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-Women), Danai Gurira;
Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Adviser, United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei, Nataliia Emelianova;
Executive Director of the Women and Children Legal Research Foundation, Zarqa Yaftali.
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