HRH’s visit to New York – Day 2

On the second day of the visit to New York, The Countess of Wessex (in the morning) attended a Breakfast Meeting on women, peace and security at the Residence of the United Kingdom Permanent Representative to the United Nations (Her Excellency Dame Karen Pierce) in New York City.

photo Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon (@tariqahmadbt) shared via Twitter

Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon (@tariqahmadbt): “When women participate in conflict resolution it’s 50% more likely to succeed. Delighted to start #CSW63 by co-hosting UNSC members & NGOs with HRH The Countess of Wessex for a discussion on support for women peacebuilders.”

photo Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon (@tariqahmadbt) shared via Twitter

HRH and Lord Ahmad met with activists, UN experts and fellow UN Security Council members for a discussion on supporting women building peace at the grassroots level. Her Royal Highness later attended a Conference on peace, security and human rights at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.

photo by UK at the UN (@UKUN_NewYork) shared via Twitter

UK at the UN (@UKUN_NewYork): “as HRH The Countess of Wessex listens to the experiences of women who defend human rights in Colombia, Yemen & Chechnya, the consensus at CSW63 was that the international community must redouble efforts to create a safe space for Women Human Rights Defenders.”

photo shared by the Royal Family

At the President of the General Assembly’s ‘Women in Power’ event, The Countess gave a speech on the challenges facing women’s participation and leadership, the role and responsibility of the UN & the Women, Peace and Security Agenda initiative, to help give women a voice. In her speech HRH said:

As I suggested to an all-male board on a recent trip, if all the seats at the table are full, you just need to pull up an extra chair.

This is my first visit to CSW and my first opportunity to see the UN in action on these issues. It has made me even more determined to use my position to break down the silence around sexual violence, and I will champion women’s full and meaningful participation in peace processes, as part of my wider support for implementation of the Women, Peace and Security agenda.

Full speech can be found here. Video of HRH’s speech is here (it starts at about 3 h 20 min.

Gillian Bird (@AustraliaUN): “@KellyODwyer gets a chance at #CSW63 to congratulate HRH The Countess of Wessex on a fantastic statement on #genderequality and talk to her about women’s economic security and #WESStatement.”

photo by Gillian Bird (@AustraliaUN) shared via Twitter

The Countess of Wessex afterwards attended a Roundtable Discussion on the “Future of Women’s Leadership” at the UN Headquarters.

photo Sam Grout-Smith (@SamGroutSmith) shared via Twitter

Her Royal Highness this afternoon attended a Lunch with the Baroness Hodgson of Abinger (Co-Chairman, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Women, Peace and Security) at the United Kingdom Mission to the United Nations, One Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, New York City.

photo Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon (@tariqahmadbt) shared via Twitter

The Countess of Wessex later attended a Meeting with the Dr Denis Mukwege Foundation at the United Nations Headquarters. The Countess met survivors, advocates and UN representatives to learn more about what is being done across the world to support women.

photo Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon (@tariqahmadbt) shared via Twitter

The Countess attended a panel discussion with Tatiana Mukanire from the Mukwege Foundation. “Survivors’ voices need to be at the heart of the global effort to end sexual violence in conflict.”

photo by UK at the UN (@UKUN_NewYork) shared via Twitter – HRH embraces Tatiana Mukanire – survivor of Sexual Violence in Conflict

Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon (@tariqahmadbt): “The UK is committed to putting survivors of conflict-related sexual violence at the heart of our policy. Honoured to attend @MukwegeFound and Belgium event alongside HRH The Countess of Wessex to discuss a holistic approach to supporting survivors.”

photo by Alya Ahmed Saif Al Thani (@AmbAlyaAlThani) – HRH with Al Mayassa Al Thani

In the evening, The Countess attended a Commonwealth Day Reception to mark the 70th anniversary of modern Commonwealth. At the reception, The Countess spoke of having “huge pride in being a part of this incredible family of nations.”

As you all know, the Commonwealth is something that is close to the hearts of all members of the Royal Family. We take huge pride in being a part of this incredible family of nations headed by Her Majesty The Queen, who has been stalwart in her leadership, taking a close personal interest for many years and instilling the whole family with the same respect and interest she has shown throughout her reign.

Therefore I am delighted to be with you to celebrate such a special day.

Read The Countess’ full speech at the Commonwealth Day Reception at the Office of the Commonwealth here.

At the reception, The Countess also reaffirmed her commitment to champion women’s full and meaningful participation in peace processes.

photo shared by the Royal Family via Twitter

The Countess of Wessex later departed from John F Kennedy International Airport, New York City, for the United Kingdom.

The Countess’ visit to New York followed on from pledging support on IWD19 to further the UK efforts on the Women, Peace and Security Agenda (WPS) and the Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative (PSVI).

Royal family’s coverage can be found here. I’m afraid HRH’s visit wasn’t covered at all by media. The coverage by Royal family is also very limited.

Outfit – not that important.

5 thoughts on “HRH’s visit to New York – Day 2

  1. Vicki V

    Anna, thank you for keeping us up to date! What a shame the media fails to cover or even acknowledge the important work HRH is doing.

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  2. Francie Newcomb

    Thank you, Anna. Yes, this is a fantastic work the Countess is doing. I know her outfit is not important but may I just say she has so much style! It is not easy to wear such a vivid print and she looks great. I really like how she brings things down to earth by adding a coat or blazer that grounds things. She always looks collected and easy, never as if she is trying too hard.

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  3. It is a shame that this trip went unnoticed by the media and yet this highlights a very important issue. Well said at the end – “outfit not important” and one can see that the Countess wore business like clothes and accessories to highlight the event and sending a message that this isn’t about her.

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  4. Susan

    Thank you Anna for providing updates on the important work that the Countess of Wessex engages in on a daily basis. Shamefully, the press only focuses on certain senior royals only to discuss what they are wearing and how much it costs! Yet, the Countess of Wessex is out supporting her patronages almost everyday of the week. No wonder it is said that HM Queen Elizabeth II truly appreciates the work she performs without any complaint and giving her best everyday.

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