Gender

Regional Review Urges Bold Action for Gender Equality in Africa [viewed]

UNWOMEN19 November 2014: Ministers from African countries adopted a Declaration calling for achieving gender equality by 2030, at the Ninth Regional Conference on Women. The Declaration aligns with the gender equality goals contained in Africa's Agenda 2063.

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ECOSOC Discusses Food Security and Post-2015 [viewed]

ECOSOC17 November 2014: The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) discussed food security and the post-2015 development agenda at its final 2014 Coordination and Management Meeting. UN Member States had an interactive dialogue with Gerda Verburg, Chair of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), and discussed CFS' role in implementing the post-2015 development agenda.

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Asia-Pacific Beijing+20 Review Pledges Strengthened Partnerships, Accountability, Funding [viewed]

beijing20.unwomen20 November 2014: Governments adopted the Asian and Pacific Ministerial Declaration on Advancing Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment, pledging to strengthen institutions and partnerships, enhance accountability, support regional cooperation and increase resources to advance gender equality and women's empowerment across the Asia-Pacific region. The declaration was adopted at the Asian and Pacific Conference on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment: Beijing+20 Review, which is one in a series of regional reviews of the Beijing Platform for Action adopted in 1995.

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World Toilet Day Links Gender-Based Violence and Sanitation [viewed]

World Toilet Day 201419 November 2014: World Toilet Day brought attention to the theme “Equality, Dignity and the Link Between Gender-Based Violence and Sanitation” and the issue of open defecation with the tagline #WeCantWait. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon emphasized the “moral imperative to end open defecation and a duty to ensure women and girls are not at risk to assault and rape simply because they lack a sanitation facility.”

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UNECE Holds First Regional Review of Beijing+20 [viewed]

beijing20.unwomen7 November 2014: Participants from the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) region reviewed both achievements and challenges in implementing the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, at a high-level Regional Review meeting on Beijing+20. Recommendations focused on: promoting labor market policies and laws on gender equality; women's equal representation in policy and decision-making; prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls; women's and girl's access to justice, including as a strategy to realize other rights; and implementation of all areas of the Beijing Declaration.

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African Civil Society Assesses Progress on Beijing Platform for Action [viewed]

beijing20.unwomen7 November 2014: Participants at an African civil society forum discussed the Beijing Platform for Action's 12 critical areas of concern, noting achievements in economic, political and social aspects, but recognizing that progress has been slow, and noting fatigue among those leading the women's movement. The forum was organized by UN Women, the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the African Women's Development and Communication Network (FEMENT) and IPAS, as part of the Beijing 20-year review process (Beijing+20).

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Event: Special Session on Beijing+20 [viewed]

The 51st Meeting of the Presiding Officers of the Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean will include a special session dedicated to Beijing+20, as part of the region's regional review process. Participants will consider progress and achievements on the Beijing Platform for Action, including in the context of commitments for the post-2015 development agenda. Participants will discuss a regional report on implementation of Beijing+20, prepared by the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean's (ECLAC) Division for Gender Affairs. The report summarizes national reports on progress and challenges after the launch of the Beijing Platform. The recommendations of the meetings will contribute to the global review of the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action at the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). ECLAC and UN Women are organizing the session.  

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Event: African Regional Conference on Beijing+20 Review [viewed]

The African Regional Conference on the Beijing+20 Review will discuss progress and challenges in the implementation of the Beijing Program of Action. Participants will also discuss a regional report prepared by the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), which analyzes information submitted by 51 African Member States on their national reviews of their progress in implementing the Beijing Program of Action. The recommendations of the meetings will contribute to the global review of the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action at the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). The meeting will include an expert segment, from 17-18 November, and a ministerial segment, on 19 November. UN Women, UNECA and the African Union Commission (AUC) are organizing the meeting as part of the Beijing+20 regional review process.  

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APEC Ministers Address Wildlife, Energy, Oceans and Disaster Management [viewed]

apec10 November 2014: The 26th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ministerial Meeting released a Joint Statement addressing the advancement of economic integration; promotion of innovative development, economic reform and growth; and strengthened comprehensive connectivity and infrastructure development, among other issues.

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Regional Commissions Discuss Roles in Achieving Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

unga695 November 2014: The Executive Secretaries of the UN Regional Commissions held a discussion with the UN General Assembly's Second Committee (Economic and Financial) regarding the commissions' potential role in mobilizing means of implementation (MOI) for achieving the post-2015 development agenda.

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