LISD Commentary Addresses Mainstreaming of the UN Security Council's Thematic Agendas

In a new LISD commentary, "Supporting the UN Security Council in Applying Its Thematic Agendas to Its Country-Specific Work," Swen Dornig discusses challenges and options for better mainstreaming of the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) and the Children and Armed Conflict (CAAC) agendas into the country-specific work of the United Nations. Dornig highlights the challenges faced in this process, but highlights recent successes with WPS and CAAC apps for mobile devices and workshops convened on this issue noting, "The poor record of the Security Council in mainstreaming its thematic agendas into its country-specific work is ... mainly caused by a lack of capacity, rather than by a lack of political will." Providing relevant UN agencies and country missions with easily accessible information about and language for drafting resolutions, Dornig argues, is an important step in this process of mainstreaming the UN's thematic agendas into its country mandates.

About the Author:

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 Conflict, 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.

About LISD Commentaries:

The Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination supports a publication program that disseminates research conducted as part of Institute projects in a variety of formats. The published output from LISD includes policy briefs, issue reports, edited volumes, and book-length policy reports that are part of the Liechtenstein Colloquium Report series. The program also supports the e-publication of "LISD commentaries," op-ed style articles that provide analysis and insights to a broad range of current events and pressing policy issues. Past LISD commentaries have addressed issues ranging from counter-insurgency strategy in Afghanistan, the Arab Spring in Egypt, Iran's nuclear program, and Turkish elections to human trafficking, self-determination and modern diplomacy, and observations from fact-finding trips to Tehran and Kabul. LISD commentaries are written by LISD researchers, faculty associates, non-resident associates, and participants in LISD-sponsored lectures, panels, workshops, and colloquia.