On November 2nd, 2020, the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA) organized the thirtieth 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. Ms. Inga Rhonda King, Permanent Representative of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to the UN, the President of the Security Council for the month of November. WFUNA’s Secretary-General, Mr. Bonian Golmohammadi, moderated the briefing, which was virtually attended by approximately 35 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 King shared the Council’s programme of work for the month of November. She spoke about the meetings scheduled for the month in an effort to build on the Security Council’s agenda on issues regarding Syria, Yemen, Somalia, among others.
The floor was then opened for questions from representatives of civil society organizations on topics such as Peace building and Sustaining Peace, Protection of Civilians, Children and Armed Conflict, and Women, Peace and Security.
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!