This briefing provides a space for Ambassadors to frankly share in their experiences as elected members of the Council, reflect upon successes, as well as challenges, and provide recommendations for the incoming “Elected 10”, as well as the whole of the UN Security Council, going forward.
On 4 February, 2019, the first-ever UNSC Exit Briefing was held with five of the six countries leaving the Council after the 2017-2018 term. (Italy and the Netherlands split the 2017-2018 term). With over 100 member state and civil society representatives present, this inaugural briefing featured H.E. Mr. Sacha Llorenti, Permanent Representative of Bolivia; H.E. Mr. Kairat Umarov, Permanent Representative of Kazakhstan; H.E. Ms. Mariangela Zappia, Permanent Representative of Italy; H.E. Mrs. Lise Gregoire-van Haaren, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Netherlands; and H.E. Mr. Olof Skoog, Permanent Representative of Sweden. WFUNA’s Secretary-General, Mr. Bonian Golmohammadi, and Senior Peace and Security Officer, Ms. Margaret Williams, moderated.
Following opening remarks, a series of Question and Answer rounds from member states and civil society organizations allows for an interactive session.
The Exit Briefings, will be held early in each calendar year and will typically last an hour and a half, featuring outgoing members of the UN Security Council, as well as other member states and civil society organizations. The Briefings will also be livestreamed on UN WebTV, as well as on Twitter through the hashtag #UNSCExit, providing civil society organizations not based in New York an opportunity to engage online and submit questions, further connecting UNSC Presidency-Civil Society Dialogues with wider networks.