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Behind the Numbers

Behind the Numbers

By United Nations - Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs

“Behind the Numbers” is a podcast of the United Nations Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (UN DPPA) on the meaningful participation of women in peacemaking efforts. Episodes include conversations with peacemakers and decision-makers on the challenges and opportunities of the UN’s women, peace and security (WPS) agenda. Launched on the 20th anniversary of Security Council Resolution 1325 in 2020, the series continues to the present day.

The views expressed in the series are those of the interviewees, and do not necessarily represent the views of UN DPPA.
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Hanna Tetteh

Behind the Numbers

Juanita Millán Hernandez
Juanita Millán Hernandez
Interview with Juanita Millán Hernandez from Colombia, current member of United Nations Standby Team of Senior Mediation Advisers focused on security arrangements and retired Lieutenant Commander, Colombian Navy. Prior to her membership in the Standby Team, Juanita served seven years as Advisor to the High Commissioner for Peace during the Havana Peace Talks and in 2014 appointed to become a member of the Sub-Commission on Ending the Conflict, a technical working group responsible for the design of the Ceasefire and Disarmament process. Listen to her personal views and recollections of the peace process, the narratives surrounding her leadership and the importance of recognizing shared experiences and communities with other women from all sides of the political spectrum. 
February 25, 2022
Hanna Tetteh
Hanna Tetteh
Interview with Ghanaian barrister, politician and former Minister, Hanna Serwaa Tetteh who serves currently as the Special Representative of the Secretary-General to the African Union and Head of the United Nations Office to the African Union (UNOAU). Find out her personal stories and insights as a woman in senior positions in government (as second-ever woman to be appointed Foreign Minister of Ghana) and leading international peace processes (as co-facilitator of peace process in South Sudan). Hanna Tetteh also talks of efforts to amplify women’s voices in the African Continent.
November 18, 2021
Mary Robinson
Mary Robinson
Interview with Mary Robinson, a pioneering woman UN senior official, as the first Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes of Africa, the first woman UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, she is also Ireland’s first woman president. Mary Robinson reflects on her motivations and initiatives to ensure women’s leadership and advancing gender equality. She also talks of her personal experiences and what she thinks of gendered bias in international politics.
October 29, 2021
Rosemary A. DiCarlo
Rosemary A. DiCarlo
This first episode of the UN DPPA podcast series “Behind the Numbers” is a conversation with Rosemary A. DiCarlo, the first woman to serve as Under-Secretary-General in charge of the main United Nations political office, today known as the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (UN DPPA). With more than 35 years of experience in public service and academia, USG DiCarlo advises the UN Secretary-General on peace and security issues globally, while overseeing “good offices” initiatives and field-based political missions carrying out peacemaking, preventive diplomacy and peacebuilding activities. In this interview, she shares thoughts about her journey in diplomacy and international affairs, remaining challenges, and her vision for the future of the women, peace and security (WPS) agenda.
October 26, 2020