Composition of the UN Security Council
Opportunities, challenges and cooperation at the centre of the dialogue
In various sessions, central aspects for the future work of the Security Council were discussed. Among other things, the participants explored the questions of which practices of cooperation have proven successful, which challenges, opportunities and issues the E10 are confronted with and, above all, how the Security Council can better end and prevent conflicts. One of the dialogue sessions was therefore dedicated to the New Agenda for Peace, which was presented by UN Secretary-General Guterres in July. It provided an opportunity to discuss science diplomacy, disarmament, human rights and humanitarian affairs with experts from International Geneva.
The feedback received show that the meeting was appreciated by the participants. "This event provided an excellent and enjoyable opportunity to not only exchange views as the E10-I5 but also to strengthen human connection, including in an informal way," said one participant. Another added: "I’m truly inspired by everyone’s deliberations to strengthen E10 unity."
So how did the Security Council concretely benefit from this year's meeting? "The dialogue has shown that the exchange and cooperation among the E10 is valuable. The E10 do not always agree on certain agenda items in the Security Council. However, joint initiatives have led to important resolutions and decisions in the Council in the past. We want to continue this. It was also useful to get the newly elected members on board in June and to make it easier for them to get started in January," explains Esther Neuhaus, Head of the Security Council Section of the FDFA.