On January 6, the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA) organized the twenty-second installment in a series of monthly dialogues between the President of the UN Security Council and Civil Society organizations at the United Nations Headquarters.
The dialogue featured H.E. Mr. Dang Dinh Quy, Permanent Representative of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam to the UN, briefing civil society representatives on Viet Nam's presidency of the Security Council for the month of January. WFUNA’s Peace and Security Officer, Mr. Pablo Angulo, moderated the briefing, which was attended by 10 participants from UN-accredited civil society organizations.
The event was broadcast live on UN Web TV, and it was promoted on social media with the hashtag #MeetUNSCPres to allow for a participation from a global audience and wider stakeholder engagement.
Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy shared the Council’s programme of work for the month of January. He spoke about the Open Debates scheduled for January, including a debate on Maintenance of International Peace and Security: Upholding the UN Charter, and the Middle East. Ambassador Quy also emphasized that the Security Council plans to address the ongoing issues in Libya, Colombia and Syria at the upcoming briefings and consultations.
The floor was then opened for questions from representatives of civil society organizations on country specific questions relating to Myanmar, Cameroon, Syria, Iran and Venezuela, as well as topics such as Youth, Peace and Security, UN Charter and the biggest challenges for the UN Security Council as we begin the third decade of the 21st Century.
In case you missed it, you can watch the full debate below or view the photo gallery here.
WFUNA will continue hosting monthly briefings with subsequent Presidents of the United Nations Security Council. Stay tuned for more information on the twenty-third CSO dialogue!