UN Women - United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women

UN Women amplifies Women’s Voices at events during UN Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio de Janeiro

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Date: 13 June 2012

At the Rio Earth Summit in 1992 there was unanimous agreement that sustainable development cannot be realized without gender equality. Yet today, 20 years later, women still face discrimination and continue to demand equal rights, opportunity and participation. At the Rio+20 Conference in Rio de Janeiro, UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet will call for robust policies and strong commitments to remove discriminatory barriers, ensure women's central role in sustainable development, and bring real change in people's lives.

Highlighting that gender equality is fundamental to a sustainable future, UN Women events during the Conference will amplify women's voices and showcase innovative strategies that are making a difference in communities across the world.

All UN Women events will be webcast live at www.unwomen.org

UN Women events at the Rio Centro Conference and Exhibition Centre include:

18th June

Press Conference with Michelle Bachelet, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women and Gro Harlem Brundtland, Former Prime Minister of Norway and Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General on Climate Change.

Venue: Main Press briefing room, Media Centre, Pavilion 3
Time: 10.00-10.30 a.m

19th June

The Future Women Want: Leaders' Forum on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment for Sustainable Development

Hundreds of representatives from government, UN heads of agencies, civil society and the private sector will make their voices heard at this full-day forum organized by UN Women in collaboration with the Government of Brazil and other partners. UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet will deliver opening and closing remarks.

The event will highlight strategies and programmes that foster gender equality and sustainable development. Topics include: Advancing gender equality and women's empowerment in green economies; normative frameworks and the integration of the three (economic, environmental, social) pillars of sustainable development; and shaping the new international development framework.

Venue:T-2, Riocentro
Time: 9.30 a.m. - 6.00 p.m

The event is open to the media, but seats are limited. Please rsvp to media contacts listed.

21st June

Call to Action by Women Heads of State and Government on the Future Women Want

At the Women Leaders Summit, hosted by UN Women in collaboration with the Government of Brazil, women Heads of State and Government will issue a strong Call to Action pledging their support and urging governments, civil society and the private sector to prioritize gender equality and women's empowerment and accelerate action. UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet, who is convening the Summit with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, will deliver opening remarks and make the case that a world in balance requires women's full and equal participation in decision-making.

Venue: P3-1, Riocentro
Time: 11.00 a.m. - 1.00 p.m

The event is open to the media, but seats are limited. Please rsvp to media contacts listed.

Media Contacts:

Oisika Chakrabarti, Ph: +1 646.781.4522;
E-mail: oisika.chakrabarti[at]unwomen.org

Nanette Braun, Ph: +1. 917.975.7915;
E-mail: nanette.braun[at]unwomen.org

More information on UN Women: www.unwomen.org
UN Women and Rio+20: http://j.mp/unwomenrio

Follow the events on Twitter: English (@UN_Women), Spanish and Portuguese (@ONUMujeres); hashtag #WomenRio.