The United States and Romania are the 2023 Co-Chairs of the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Focal Points Network

Kat Fotovat, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues, U.S. Department of State, U.S. WPS Focal Point

LTC Manuela Bercea, Chief of Gender Management Office at the Ministry of National Defence in Romania

“We proudly take this opportunity as Co-Chairs to exemplify the trailblazing and unwavering commitment to WPS from the Network, the troika, all past Co-Chairs, and the Secretariat.

We also recognize and emulate the activism from diverse feminist leaders across the globe and the consolidated efforts, commitment, and progress to drive forward the core tenets of the WPS agenda.
This Network is an established avenue to counter the recent global backlash against gender equality, and a tool to strengthen the WPS agenda.
Again, we are truly honored to serve as the 2023 Co-Chairs and build upon the efforts of the WPS Focal Points Network.” 

The United States and Romania will focus on the following key themes:
(1) The adaptability and evolution of WPS as a framework for designing and implementing policy change through an inclusive approach;
(2) The shared solidarity of the national Focal Points;
(3) Adjusting WPS efforts and actions to meet global requirements through a national focus on WPS and continued support for WPS National Action Plan (NAP) implementation.


The Women, Peace and Security Focal Points Network was launched in 2016 to assist UN Member States and regional organizations, in close collaboration with civil society, to improve and strengthen the implementation of the Women, Peace and Security agenda at the origin of decision-making processes.

Resolution 1325 (2000) [S/RES/1325 (2000)] – Affirms the importance of the participation of women and the inclusion of gender perspectives in peace negotiations, humanitarian planning, peacekeeping operations, and post-conflict peacebuilding and governance.

WPS Resolutions -