Gender

Co-Facilitators Issue Draft Political Declaration for IPoA Review [viewed]

UN-OHRLLS16 March 2016: The co-facilitators of intergovernmental consultations for the high-level midterm review of the implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA) for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) have issued the zero draft outcome document for the Review meeting. The draft recognizes that LDCs have made significant efforts towards achieving the objectives, goals and targets of the IPoA, but “much more needs to be done” to foster progress across sectors. It will be considered by the Preparatory Meeting of Experts convening from 28-31 March 2016, in New York, US, to prepare for the midterm review.

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CSW 60 Addresses Women's Empowerment Link with Sustainable Development, Humanitarian Action [viewed]

csw6018 March 2016: The 60th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 60), currently underway in New York, US, held meetings and side events during its first week that addressed gender equality and women's empowerment in relation to: humanitarian action; economic development; political leadership; health; collective action; and rural development. The nine-day session includes a ministerial segment with roundtables and other high-level interactive dialogues, a general discussion, as well as numerous interactive dialogues and panel discussions.

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UN, Business Leaders Announce Gender Equality Initiatives [viewed]

un_women_unglobalcompact16 March 2016: Business leaders, UN Member States and civil society organizations recognized gender equality as a fundamental human right, central to driving the global economy and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), at an event on the sidelines of the 60th meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 60). The 2016 Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs) Annual Event focused on the multiplier effect of empowering women and girls in advancing development issues and the opportunity for business to lead in promoting gender equality.

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Event: Fourth Annual Conference of the Green Growth Knowledge Platform [viewed]

This conference will meet under the theme ‘Transforming Development through Inclusive Green Growth' and is being convened as part of Global Green Growth Week 2016, to be held from 5-9 September 2016 in Jeju Island, Republic of Korea. It will highlight research and policy considerations affecting pro-poor inclusive green growth and strengthen the Green Growth Knowledge Platform's (GGKP) objective of delivering pro-poor, socially inclusive green growth through best policy practices and strategically aligned efforts by international organizations. The conference will focus on links to policy outcomes and practical applications for delivering inclusive green growth in developing countries and emerging economies. It will bring together researchers, practitioners and policymakers in plenary and parallel sessions to: discuss the latest findings on policies and practices that stimulate inclusive green growth; identify priorities for action by stakeholders to pursue the most promising policies and practices; and build practitioner skills and define future research, knowledge sharing and collaboration opportunities. More specifically, sub-themes and session topics will address: strategy and policy, including distributional impacts from transitioning to green growth, inclusive green growth strategies, the informal economy, and tracking progress with green growth metrics and indicators; participation and empowerment, such as gender-balanced participation in green growth initiatives, skills and capacities for transitioning to green growth, green social enterprises, and information and communication technologies as catalysts for green growth; fiscal policy and finance, including fiscal reform, inclusive finance and impact investing, and insurance solutions; and sectors, including pro-poor natural resources and land use management, green cities as green growth drivers, investments for green energy access, and inclusive water management and governance.  

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Women's Economic Empowerment Panel Begins Work [viewed]

United Nations15 March 2016: The High-Level Panel on Women's Economic Empowerment held its inaugural meeting on the margins of the 60th session of the Commission of the Status of Women (CSW 60). The Panel is expected to hold a series of consultative meetings throughout 2016 and 2017, and to release an initial report in September 2016, followed by its final report in March 2017.

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CSW 60 Opens with Calls for Gender Equality to Guide Action on SDGs [viewed]

csw6014 March 2016: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development provides a framework for action to transform gender relations and achieve gender equality and women's empowerment, making the world a better place for all, UN leaders said at the opening session of the 60th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). CSW 60 is expected to discuss implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and take stock of progress in eliminating violence against women and girls.

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Event: Women and Land: Localizing the 2030 Agenda [viewed]

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the International Land Coalition (ILC), the Huairou Commission, Landesa and Oxfam will host this event on the sidelines of the 60th Session of the Convention on the Status of Women (CSW 60). The event aims to catalyze action to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including by highlighting the importance of women's land rights in the context of sustainable development, sharing approaches to promote the meaningful participation of women in decision-making, and discussing best practices for innovative financial mechanisms to ensure that resources reach rural women and communities. The event will feature a panel discussion on rural women's roles in localizing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Speakers, including representatives from rural organizations, policymakers and grassroots leaders, will discuss policy approaches, measures and tools to secure land rights for women and share experiences in mobilizing rural women to contribute to achieving the SDGs, with examples from Guatemala, Honduras, Kenya, and Tanzania.  

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Event: UN Global Compact Event on Innovative Partnerships Enabling Green and Gender Inclusive Growth [viewed]

This side event hosted by the UN Global Compact will examine how companies are innovating and investing in inclusive business models using energy-efficient and low-carbon technologies, and turning the climate challenge into market opportunities for both women and men. The event takes place on the sidelines of the 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 60).  

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Event: How Will You Join Rural Women in Implementing the SDGs? [viewed]

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), in partnership with the Huairou Commission and United Methodist Women, will host this event on the sidelines of the 60th Session of the Convention on the Status of Women (CSW 60). Rural women from around the world will share perspectives on what it will take to make the SDGs a reality in their communities. Panelists will discuss rural women's priorities for sustainable development and ways to ensure the full integration of rural women in efforts to achieve the SDGs. The event will include an interactive dialogue on ‘Rural transformation and the advancement of women: Leaving no one behind'.  

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Event: 33rd Session of the FAO Regional Conference for the Near East (NERC 33) [viewed]

The 33rd session of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Regional Conference for the Near East (NERC) will meet under the theme ‘Promoting food security, blue growth and empowerment of small-scale farmers and women in North East and North Africa (NENA) region'. The conference will discuss, inter alia: the contribution of livestock to food security in NENA; implementation of the Blue Growth Initiative in the region; and the empowerment of small-scale farmers and women. Conference participants will also be briefed on the regional office's progress in implementing recommendations made at the previous regional conference, and discuss programme and budget matters. The meeting will focus on FAO priority activities in the region, including the decentralization process, as well as achievements regarding the three regional initiatives: ‘Building Resilience for Food Security and Nutrition'; ‘The Regional Initiative on Small-Scale Agriculture for Inclusive Development'; and ‘Water Scarcity Initiative.' The Conference will start with a three-day meeting for Senior Officers designated by their governments, followed by a Ministerial Meeting on 12 and 13 May 2016. FAO regional conferences are held in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Near East and North Africa, and are convened on a biennial basis to discuss priority issues for agriculture and rural development.  

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