The Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination's Project on Gender in the Global Community will host a working session, "Strengthening the UN's Children and Armed Conflict and Women, Peace and Security Agendas," on Monday, December 7, 2015, at the Princeton Club of New York. The working session will be a preparatory meeting to structure the agenda of a workshop to be convened in February 2016 under the auspices of the Federal Foreign Office of Germany and the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), in cooperation with the LISD's Project on Gender in the Global Community, Security Council Report, Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict and the PeaceWomen Programme of the Women’s International League for Peace Freedom.
The working session will provide an opportunity for key stakeholders, including representatives of UN member states and agencies, NGOs and academics, to exchange ideas about practical steps for strengthening the normative framework of the CAAC and WPS agendas, and to strategize about the development of hands-on solutions to current implementation challenges. The outcomes of the working session will contribute to the goals of (1) strengthening the network among crucial stakeholders concerned with the advancement and implementation of the agendas; (2) assessing the extent to which innovative training tools on the CAAC and WPS agendas empower newly elected non-permanent members of the Security Council and contribute to the implementation of the agendas; and (3) generating a new momentum for overcoming the administrative, technical and political hurdles with regard to the monitoring and reporting of violations against children and women in armed conflict.
Participation in the working session is by invitation only and will take place under Chatham House rules.