21 September 2023 | 11.00 am – 1.00 pm EDT

Location: New York, UN Headquarters, Conference Room 4

As 2023 Co-Chairs of the WPS Focal Points Network, the United States of America and Romania, in partnership with troika members, South Africa and Switzerland, and UN Women as Secretariat, invite the Focal Points to meet on the margins of the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly. Drawing from the discussions at the Fifth Capital-Level Meeting of the Network, which was held in Washington, D.C. on 6-8 June 2023, this annual side event invites Network members at the ministerial and senior levels to share their reflections and practices on the themes and outcomes of the Washington, D.C. meeting, as well as their experiences in developing transformative strategies for the implementation of the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda.

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Concept Note

2023 Capital-Level Meeting Joint Communiqué


Antony John Blinken - U.S. Secretary of State
Luminita Odobescu - Romania Minister of Foreign Affairs
Sima Sami Bahous - Executive Director, UN Women
Geeta Rao Gupta - Ambassador-at-Large, U.S. Department of State, Secretary's Office of Global Women's Issues (SGWI)
Rebeca Grynspan - Secretary-General, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
Kaavya Asoka - Executive Director, NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security (NGOWG)
Maria Victoria Balleza - Chief Executive Officer, Global Network of Women Peacebuilders
Kat Fotovat - Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Global Women's Issues, U.S. Department of State and United States WPS Focal Point
Lieutenant-colonel Manuela-Elena Bercea, Chief, Gender Management Office, Ministry of Defence and Romania WPS Focal Point
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Yoko Kamikwa, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan
Lois Frankel, U.S. WPS Caucus Co-Chair, U.S. Congressional Representative
Thomas Gürber, Ambassador, Deputy State Secretary and Head of UN Division, Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Switzerland
Dritan Abazovic, Prime Minister, Government of Montenegro
Gordan Grlić Radman, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Croatia
Musa Timothy Kabba, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sierra Leone
Helga Maria Schmid, Secretary General, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)
Angeles Moreno Bau, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Spain
Heidi Hulan, Assistant Deputy Minister for International Security, Global Affairs Canada, Canada
Ole Thonke, Deputy State Secretary of Development Policy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark
Mme. Bineta Diop, AU Special Envoy on WPS, African Union Commission
Belén Martinez Carbonell, Managing Director for Global Affairs, European External Action Service, European Union
Luise Amtsberg, Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Assistance, Germany
Jooyeon Kang, Director-General for International Organizations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Korea
Melinda Bohannon, Director General, Humanitarian and Development, Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office, United Kingdom
Eduardo Jaramillo Navarrete, General Director for the United Nations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mexico 
Karen Burbach, Head of the Taskforce, NL MFA Taskforce Women's Rights and Gender Equality, the Netherlands
Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Namibia
Elizabeth Taylor, Vice minister of Multilateral Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Colombia
Ahood Al Zaabi, Director of United Nations Department of MOFA, United Arab Emirates
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