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Beyond "Women’s Issues" and Smoky Rooms: Debunking the Myths About Gender in Peace Mediation

This week, the UN member states meet in the General Assembly for its 73rd session. As in previous years, we expect to hear more statements highlighting the role of women in peacebuilding and the need for more inclusive and gender-sensitive peace processes. Nearly two decades after the landmark resolution, why is implementation still sorely lagging?

Sep 21, 2018
Time to Gender Parity: The Current Pace of UN Senior Appointments

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If the UN Secretary-General keeps up the pace of appointments he set in 2017 and 2018 thus far, the UN would reach gender parity among all senior officials by October 2019.

Sep 17, 2018
Ryan Rappa

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Tens of thousands of individuals have been arbitrarily or unlawfully detained in Syria, and in many cases forcibly disappeared, since civil war broke out in 2011. In recent months, while some of their families have come to know of their deaths, many questions remain unanswered. This article warns of the “impunity gap” that is likely to arise from this situation, and gives practical recommendations for obtaining justice for victims and survivors.

Sep 13, 2018
Hanny Megally
Rule of Law
Peace and Security

Liberia is well on the road to recovery, but its transition to sustained peace is far from over. South-South cooperation will play a crucial role to find linkages between peace and development, and to strengthen partnerships with southern development partners who can complement peacebuilding activities.

Sep 12, 2018
Peace and Security

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In June 2018, the United Nations (UN) Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy—adopted by the General Assembly in 2006 and reviewed every two years—underwent its sixth biennial review in New York. It took place with lots of raised expectations—particularly around strengthening obligations to comply with human rights law while countering terrorism, and increasing the inclusion of women and civil society organizations in policymaking and programming in this area. Sadly, the results fell short. Here is what happened.

Aug 15, 2018
Hanny Megally
Peace and Security