This friendship symbol celebrates the partnership of Canada and Uruguay as Co-Chairs of the WPS Focal Points Network in 2020 and 2021 and represents the spirit of collaboration and cooperation. Designed by Uruguayan graphic designer, Gabriel Benderski, the symbol is also inspired by the indigenous Bunchberry flowering plant found in all regions of Canada and the combined color palette of the Canadian and Uruguayan national flags.

Current Chairs:

  • 2020 / 2021 – Canada 🇨🇦 and Uruguay 🇺🇾

Canada and Uruguay are current chairs of the WPS Focal Points Network. Taking note of the unprecedented challenges posed by COVID-19, with its consequences for Network interaction and engagement, the Network Troika unanimously decided to exceptionally grant Canada and Uruguay an extension of their one-year co-chairship to two years.

Future Chairs:

  • 2022 – South Africa 🇿🇦 and Switzerland 🇨🇭

Past Chairs:

  • 2019 – Namibia 🇳🇦
  • 2018 – Germany 🇩🇪
  • 2017 – Spain 🇪🇸

In any given year, the current, as well as the outgoing and incoming Chairs will constitute the Troika, which is responsible for providing guidance to the Network on operational and substantive issues. The current Troika comprises Canada and Uruguay (2021 Co-chairs), Switzerland and South Africa (2022 Co-chairs), Namibia (2019 Co-chair). 

UN Women serves as Secretariat of the Network and has assigned a Coordinator to manage the Secretariat.