Signature events of the March Presidency

During its presidency of the Security Council, the Kingdom of the Netherlands will organize five signature meetings that will be chaired by a member of the Netherlands Government. 

8 March: UNAMA / Afghanistan

  • Debate on the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan and renewal of its mandate.
  • On the occasion of International Women’s Day, focus on Women, Peace and Security.
  • Briefing presided over by minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Sigrid Kaag.
  • All Security Council members have been encouraged to send female delegates to the debate.

19 March:  Briefing on DRC

  • Briefing on Democratic Republic of Congo with humanitarian focus.
  • Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock will brief the Council.
  • The week before, Mark Lowcock together with minister Sigrid Kaag will visit the DRC and they will debrief, especially on the humanitarian situation in the DRC.

22 March: briefing on Lake Chad Basin

  • It will be one year since the Security Council’s visit to the region and the adoption of UNSC resolution 2349 on the Lake Chad Basin region.
  • It’s World Water Day: the nexus water-climate change – security is a key issue in the Lake Chad Basin.

23 March:  Briefing on Conflict and Hunger

  • The connection between hunger and conflict will be discussed during this briefing.
  • This is a follow-up of a discussion series initiated by the Netherlands and Switzerland in 2017.

28 March:  Open Debate on UN Peacekeeping Operations

  • During this meeting, reforms of Peacekeeping Operations, such as realistic and robust mandates, and well-trained and equipped troops, will be discussed by member states.

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