Civil Society Dialogue with the United States, President of the UN Security Council for March 2021
On March 12th, 2021, the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA) organized the thirty-fourth 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. Richard Mills, Deputy Permanent Representative of the United States to the UN. WFUNA’s Secretary-General, Mr. Bonian Golmohammadi, moderated the briefing, which was virtually attended by approximately 42 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 Mills shared the Council’s programme of work for the month of March. He spoke about meetings scheduled for the month in an effort to build on the Security Council’s agenda on issues regarding the Middle East, the maintenance of international peace and security, food security, non-proliferation, and sanctions.
The floor was then opened for questions from representatives of civil society organizations on country specific questions relating to Myanmar, Yemen, Syria, South Sudan, Cameroon, Nigeria, Venezuela, and Iran, as well as topics such as civil society, cybersecurity, Women, Peace and Security, and 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!