On March 2nd 2020, the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA) organized the twenty-fourth 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. Zhang Jun, Permanent Representative of China to the UN, briefing civil society representatives on China's presidency of the Security Council for the month of March. WFUNA's Secretary-General, Mr. Bonian Golmohammadi, moderated the briefing, which was attended by approximately 30 participants from UN-accredited civil society organizations.
The event was broadcast 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 Zhang shared the Council's programme of work for the month of March. He spoke about the meetings scheduled for March, including an open debate on Maintenance of International Peace and Security: Upholding Multilateralism and Promoting the Political Settlement of Disputes. Ambassador Zhang also emphasized that the Security Council plans to address the ongoing issues in Syria, Libya and Yemen, among others. The floor was then opened for questions from representatives of civil society organizations on country specific questions relating to Iran and Myanmar, as well as topics such as Climate Change; Protection of Civilians; Youth, Peace and Security; Women, Peace and Security; UN AU cooperation and Conflict Prevention.
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-fifth CSO Dialogue!