Civil Society Dialogue with Ambassador Jonathan Allen of the United Kingdom

Civil Society Dialogue with Ambassador Jonathan Allen of the United Kingdom, as part of the United Kingdom’s Presidency of the UN Security Council for February 2021.

On February 2nd, 2021, the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA) organized the thirty-third installment in a series of monthly dialogues between the President of the UN Security Council and Civil Society organizations. To uphold transparency and accountability at the UNSC amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the CSO Dialogue was held online via Zoom Meetings in lieu of its standard meeting location at the United Nations Headquarters.

The dialogue featured H.E. Mr. Jonathan Allen, Deputy Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the UN in the occasion of their Presidency of the Security Council for the month of February. WFUNA’s Peace and Security Officer, Mr. Pablo Angulo, moderated the briefing, which was virtually attended by approximately 82 civil society organizations that RSVPed from different parts of the world.

The event was broadcast live on UN Web TV and also promoted on social media with the hashtag #MeetUNSCPres to allow for a participation from a global audience and wider stakeholder engagement.

Ambassador Allen spoke about the Council’s programme of work for the month of February and the United Kingdom’s three priorities: conflict, climate and COVID-19. The floor was then opened for questions from representatives of civil society organizations on country specific questions relating to Myanmar, Darfur, Yemen, Syria, Iran, Cameroon, Colombia, and Venezuela, as well as topics such as climate change.

In case you missed it, you can watch the full debate below.

WFUNA will continue hosting monthly briefings with subsequent Presidents of the United Nations Security Council. Stay tuned for more information on the next CSO Dialogue!

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