Sweden chair of expert group on women, peace and security

As of 1 January 2017, Sweden will co-chair the UN Security Council’s Informal Expert Group on Women, Peace and Security together with Uruguay and the United Kingdom.

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The purpose of the expert group is to improve the flow of knowledge and information to the Security Council, to influence country-specific situations and to facilitate better oversight, coordination and implementation of the agenda for women, peace and security. This co-chairmanship will be a unique opportunity for Sweden to influence the work of the Security Council in this area. The informal expert group has been active for a year, with the United Kingdom and Spain as co-chairs in 2016. The focus during the first year was the situation in Mali, the Central African Republic, Iraq and Afghanistan.