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In February 2020, WFUNA held the second Exit Briefing for outgoing UN Security Council members. Having worked on transparency at the UN Security Council for several years, through both UNSC Election Debates and Briefings, as well as the UNSC Presidency-CSO Dialogues, WFUNA has responded to requests from Member States and Civil Society Organizations to host an open, transparent and inclusive exit briefing.

Why It's Important

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.

On 4 February, 2020, the second UNSC Exit Briefing was held with all five countries leaving the Security Council after the 2018-2019 term. With over 100 member state representatives, and almost 30 CSO representatives present, this briefing featured H.E. Mr. Toure Ibrahima, Deputy Permanent Representative of Côte d'Ivoire; H.E. Mr. Anatolio Ndong Mba, Permanent Representative of Equatorial Guinea; H.E. Mr. Bader A. Almunayekh, Deputy Permanent Representative of Kuwait; Mr. Enri Ciprian Prieto Tica, Minister of Peru; and H.E. Ms. Joanna Wronecka, Permanent Representative of Poland. 

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, held early in each calendar year, 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 are 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.

2020 Exit Briefing

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2020 Exit Briefing

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2019 Exit Briefing

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Exit Briefing

2019 Exit Briefing Photo Gallery

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