On behalf of the Governments of Austria, Belgium, Canada, Germany and Norway, and the United Nations Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund (WPHF), we are pleased to share an invitation for the High-Level Official Launch of the new WPHF Rapid Response Window (RRW) on women’s participation in peace processes and the implementation of peace agreements.

This new mechanism, which was a recommendation of the UN Secretary General in his 2019 annual report on Women, Peace and Security, aims at addressing the immediate technical and logistical barriers to women’s participation in peace processes, such as travel, childcare, translation, advocacy, mobilization and capacity building support.

The high level official launch Championing Women’s Participation in Peace Processes will take place on Thursday 14 January 2021 at 09:30 AM (New York), 3:30 PM (Geneva).

Registration link: https://unwomen.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_5m9b1nCnSs6aqZ2aGzEaLg


Speakers include:

H.E. Ms. Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations (video statement)

H.E. Mr. François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Canada (TBC)

H.E. Mr. Heiko Maas, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Germany

H.E. Ms. Ine Eriksen Søreide, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Norway

H.E. Ms. Sophie Wilmès, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Belgium (video statement)

H.E. Mr. Peter Launsky, Secretary General for Foreign Affairs, Austria (video statement)

Ms. Madeleine Rees, Secretary General of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

Ms. Mary Akrami, Executive Director of the Afghan Women’s Network

Mrs. Massaran Bibi Traoré, Director of the Alliance for Research and Integrated Development, Mali

This event will be moderated by The Baroness Hodgson of Abinger, CBE