On the 1st of January 2021, Ireland took up a seat on the UN Security Council for the fourth time, making building peace, strengthening conflict prevention, and ensuring accountability key priorities for its two-year term. This discussion will explore what success and impact in relation to peace and conflict would look like for Ireland during its term on the Council. It will also explore the priorities for Security Council action in conflict-affected contexts, and what we can learn from past experiences of member states on the Council.
- Prof Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, University of Minnesota, UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism;
- Prof Siobhan Wills, Transitional Justice Institute, Ulster University; Co-producer and co-director of Right Now I Want to Scream and It Stays With You, https://itstayswithyou.com;
- Radhya Al-Mutawakel, Mwatana Organisation for Human Rights;
- Louise Winstanley, ABColombia; and
- Gustavo de Carvalho, Institute for Security Studies (ISS) Africa.
The event is being organised by the Irish Peace and Conflict Network, a network which brings together actors from across the humanitarian, development, peacebuilding practice and research sectors in Ireland.