The second 2013 issue of the GPS Update features an interview with Hilde Klemetsdal, Counselor at the Permanent Mission of Norway to the UN, about the 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). Hilde Klemetsdal participated in the negotiations on behalf of the Norwegian Government, and gives a very interesting account of the atmosphere and debates at this year’s CSW.

This issue also features reports on the newly appointed UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region of Africa Mary Robinson, a Wilton Park Conference on Women in Peacebuilding, and the UN Security Council Open Debate on Sexual Violence in Conflict which took place on 17 April 2013. As usual, the GPS update also features reports on relevant seminars, reports and policy briefs, as well as a list of new publications which might be of interest to our readership.

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The PRIO Gender, Peace and Security Update is an electronic newsletter launched by PRIO’s Gender Team in response to growing interest among the public for information about women, peace and security issues. The newsletter will keep readers informed of the latest developments both internationally and in Norway in relation to UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) on Women, Peace and Security and subsequent resolutions. Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have views to share or ideas/suggestions for forthcoming issues. For any queries regarding the GPS, contact Jenny Kathrine Lorentzen or Torunn L. Tryggestad.