Gender

UN Officials Call for Cooperation, Funding to Tackle Human Trafficking [viewed]

United Nations9 February 2016: Participants called for coordinated, comprehensive and effective action to eliminate human trafficking, migrant smuggling and violence against women and children and achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, at a high-level event on human trafficking. The event was organized by the Group of Friends United against Human Trafficking and the Government of Belarus in collaboration with the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNDOC).

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UNGA President Announces Updates on Thematic Debates [viewed]

unga9 February 2016: Stakeholders discussed ways of engaging in three upcoming high-level thematic debates of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) and their preparations during a briefing organized by UNGA President Mogens Lykketoft. Lykketoft will convene events on: implementing commitments on sustainable development, climate change, and financing for development (21 April); peace and security (10-11 May); and human rights (12-13 July).

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Event: 60th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 60) [viewed]

The 60th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 60) will discuss the priority theme, ‘Women's empowerment and its link to sustainable development,' and will also review the agreed conclusions from CSW 57 on ‘the elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls'. The session will include interactive expert panel discussions on the themes, and a Ministerial Segment that will take place from 14-16 March 2016. The CSW Bureau facilitates preparations for the annual session, and is currently composed of officials from Brazil (Chair), Egypt, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Japan and Germany.  

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Civil Society Reflects on Peace and Security Reviews [viewed]

un_logo1 February 2016: At a meeting of the Civil Society Dialogue Network (CSDN), participants highlighted women, peace and security as a theme running through three UN high-level reviews, on peace operations, peacebuilding architecture, and the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 on Women, Peace and Security. The European Peacebuilding Liaison Office (EPLO) organized the meeting on ‘The 2015 UN Reviews: Civil Society Perspectives on EU Implementation.'

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Gender Parity Helps Companies Excel, Says UN Women Report [viewed]

UN Women Logo22 January 2016: A UN Women report examines ten 'Fortune 500' companies in ten industries, which employ over one million people in 190 countries, and finds that a small percentage of leadership positions are held by women, compared to women in the workforce at large. But, the report shows, CEOs and companies can play a positive role in addressing gender equality in the workplace when they "lead from the front." The parity goal is part of UN Women's gender equality drive for a 50-50 Planet by 2030.

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AU Assembly Addresses Human Rights, 2030 Agenda, Illegal Trade in Wildlife [viewed]

African Union (AU)31 January 2016: African Heads of State, leaders and other stakeholders discussed the implementation of Africa's Agenda 2063 and ways to advance human rights, particularly women's rights, during the 26th session of the African Union (AU) Assembly, which convened under the theme, ‘2016: African Year of Human Rights, with particular focus on the Rights of Women.'

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Work Bank Launches Gender Data Tools [viewed]

world_bank20 January 2016: Gender equality is “not only a core development objective, but smart economics,” declares the World Bank's ‘Little Data Book on Gender 2016.' The World Bank launched the book and updated its Gender Data Portal in an effort to provide more and better disaggregated data. The tools provide demographic and economic information for over 200 countries, allowing for comparison across countries and historical periods.

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Event: 2016 Women's Empowerment Principles Annual Event [viewed]

The 2016 Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs) Annual Event, meeting under the theme ‘Business Partners for Gender Equality: Multipliers for Development,' is being held in observance of International Women's Day. It will bring together business leaders, including female entrepreneurs, with civil society, and UN and government representatives, to scale up business action and unleash the full potential of women and girls. The meeting will include high-level panels and interactive sessions, and will examine how companies around the world are implementing the WEPs and helping to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  

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Event: Asia-Pacific Regional Seminar: Transformative Financing for the Achievement of Gender Equality by 2030 [viewed]

In preparation for the 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 60), this seminar seeks to explore the state-of-the-art research, identify good practices and lessons learned, and develop recommendations on financing and investment mechanisms for the advancement of gender equality and women's empowerment in the Asia-Pacific Region. Organized by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in partnership with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and UN Women, the meeting will address: the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); innovative sources of financing; and strengthening accountability for gender equality financing. A report containing a summary of discussions and recommendations from the meeting is expected to be made available at CSW 60.  

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Event: Second Committee Informal Meeting on Working Methods [viewed]

The UN General Assembly's Second Committee (Economic and Financial) will meet informally to discuss, as a tentative topic based on the Chair's road map of 26 January, the 'Relevance and impact of the work of the Committee in contributing to the international development objectives,' addressing the role of the Second Committee in the emerging architecture for the follow-up to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA), the Paris Agreement on climate change, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), the Programmes of Action for countries in special situations, and the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).  

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