Successes and Challenges of the UN's Women, Peace, and Security Agenda

Event Date: 
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Event Time: 
4:30 p.m.
Location: 
2 Robertson Hall

The Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination hosted a panel discussion, "The Successes and Challenges of the Women, Peace, and Security Agenda," on Tuesday, April 17 at 4:30 p.m. in Bowl 2, Robertson Hall. Panelists included Swen Dornig, Second Secretary at the Permanent Mission of Liechtenstein to the United Nations, representing Liechtenstein in the UN Groups of Friends of Women, Peace and Security, Children and Armed Conflicts, and Protection of Civilians; Sarah Taylor, Executive Coordinator of the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace, and Security; and Chantale Walker, First Secretary for Political Affairs at the Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations, and Chairperson of the Group of Friends of Women, Peace, and Security. 

Panelists:

Swen Dornig is Second Secretary at the Permanent Mission of Liechtenstein to the United Nations in New York, and is in charge of matters related to the Security Council, conflict prevention, and humanitarian affairs. Since 2007, Dornig has represented Liechtenstein in the United Nations Groups Friends of Women, Peace and Security, Children and Armed Conflicts, and Protection of Civilians. He is the author of various publications on Women, Peace, and Security. Dornig holds a MA in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Magdeburg, Germany and a BA with Honors in International Relations and Sociology from the University of Westminster in London, UK.

Sarah Taylor, the Executive Coordinator of the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace, and Security, researches and writes on women, peace, and security. She has worked and conducted research in Mexico, Guatemala, and El Salvador, and has taught on gender, violence, and education. She received her MA with distinction in Political Science from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand with a focus on nationalism and gender in Eastern Europe, and is conducting a comparative analysis of high-level women negotiators for work on her PhD in Political Science at the New School University in New York.

Chantale Walker is First Secretary for Political Affairs at the Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations. She represents Canada at the United Nations on matters related to women, peace and security, the protection of civilians, children and armed conflict, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and peacekeeping policy. She chairs the Group of Friends of Women, Peace and Security, an informal network of 44 member states, and chairs the Group of Friends of Children and Armed Conflict, an informal network of 38 member states. Prior to her posting at the Mission of Canada in New York, she worked on gender equality and human rights at Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs in Ottawa and negotiated related resolutions on behalf of Canada at the UN General Assembly Third Committee, the UN Commission on the Status of Women, the UN Commission on Human Rights and the UN Human Rights Council. She holds a Master's Degree in Political Science from York University.