Thursday, 22 September 2022 | 10:15 AM -12:15 PM EDT


As 2022 Co-Chairs of the WPS Focal Points Network, South Africa and Switzerland, in partnership with troika members, Canada and Uruguay, and UN Women as Secretariat, invited the Focal Points to meet virtually on the margins of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly. Drawing from the discussions at the Fourth Capital-Level Meeting of the Network, which was held in Geneva on 18-19 May 2022, this annual side event invited Network members at the ministerial and senior levels to share their reflections and practice on the themes and outcomes of the Geneva meeting, as well as their experiences in developing transformative strategies for the implementation of the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda.

Concept Note


Geneva Joint Communique


Event Recording


Speakers – Opening Segment

Candith Mashego - Dlamini Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, South Africa
Livia Leu - State Secretary, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Switzerland
Åsa Regnér - Deputy Executive Director for Policy, Programme, Civil Society and Intergovernmental Support
Jacqueline O'Neill - Canada's Ambassador for Women, Peace, and Security
Gabriela Gonzalez - Deputy Permanent Representative, Mission of Uruguay to the UN
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Speakers – Network Members and Civil Society Representatives

Valeria Biagiotti - Minister Plenipotentiary, Coordinator for UN Reform and WPS, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Italy
Velislava Petrova - Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bulgaria
Martha Delgado Peralta - Deputy Secretary for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mexico
Stella Ronner Grubačić - EU Ambassador for Gender and Diversity
Sonia Farrey - Deputy Director, Gender, Children in Conflict, Office for Conflict, Stabilisation and Mediation, FCDO, UK
Karen Burbach - Head of the Taskforce Women Rights and Gender Equality at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands
Signe Guro Gilen - Special Representative for Women Peace and Security, Norway
Sofia Calltorp - Ambassador for Gender Equality and Coordinator of the Feminist Foreign Policy, Sweden
Lara Scarpitta - Senior Gender Adviser of OSCE
Helga Barth - Director on Human Rights, International Development and Global Health, Germany
Angeles Moreno Bau, Secretary of State of Foreign and Global Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Spain
Irene Fellin, Secretary General’s Special Representative for WPS, NATO
Áine Hearns - Director of Conflict Resolution Unit, Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade, Ireland
Fawzia Koofi - Afghanistan’s first female deputy speaker of parliament
Dieketseng Diale, Founder and Executive Officer of The Lady of Peace Community Foundation (LOPECO)
Paivi Kannisto - Chief, Peace Security Humanitarian and Resilience, UN Women
Pravina Makan-Lakha - Advisor on Women, Peace and Security at ACCORD
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