Generation Equality Forum
The Generation Equality Forum is a civil society–centred, multi-stakeholder, global gathering for gender equality, convened by UN Women and co-hosted by the governments of Mexico and France. It will be connected in real time across the world through interactive satellite sessions enabled through technology to maximize participation.
As a global public conversation for urgent action and accountability for gender equality, the Forum will celebrate the power of women’s rights activism, feminist solidarity, and youth leadership to achieve transformative change. It will take stock of progress and set an agenda of concrete action to realize gender equality before 2030.
The Forum will kick off in Mexico City, Mexico (7–8 May 2020), and culminate in Paris, France (7–10 July 2020).
The Forum will be informed by the following Beijing+25 multi-stakeholder regional meetings and consultations:
- Africa: 27–29 October 2019, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
- Europe and Central Asia: 28 October 2019, Geneva, Switzerland
- Asia and the Pacific: 24–26 November 2019, Bangkok, Thailand
- Arab States: 28 November 2019, Amman, Jordan
- Latin America and the Caribbean: 27–31 January 2020, Santiago, Chile
The Forum will also be informed by the 64th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, taking place at United Nations Headquarters in New York on 9–20 March 2020.
The momentum gained as a result of the Generation Equality Forum will be carried through to the high-level segment of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly in September 2020, when the United Nations will officially commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (Beijing+25), and beyond.
Civil society engagement
The governance structures of the Forum include the Core Group, a Civil Society Advisory Group, and a Multi-Stakeholder Steering Committee. These governance structures are supported by a Secretariat at UN Women.
The Core Group is the ultimate decision-making body for the Generation Equality Forum. It is co-chaired by UN Women, France, Mexico and two (rotating) civil society representatives, from Global North and Global South, who have both been nominated by civil society.
A Civil Society Advisory Group has been established following a civil society–led selection process. (Information about the selection process can be found here.) The Group includes 21 members that represent broad and diverse constituencies. The Civil Society Advisory Group is supporting the decision-making of the Core Group, ensuring that civil society’s priorities are reflected in the Forum’s outcomes.
A Multi-Stakeholder Steering Committee is being established by the Core Group. The Committee includes 25 members comprising civil society, Member States, the private sector, and other stakeholders who are contributing to the Forum’s design, planning, and implementation.
UN Women has set up a Civil Society Strategic Planning and Leadership Group (see the list of members) to provide advice to UN Women on issues related to the conceptualization and operationalization of the Forum and, in particular, in relation to the mainstreaming of an intersectional and intergenerational focus. Also, a youth-led Beijing+25 Task Force ensures that young people are at the centre of the Beijing+25 process.
For more information, please see the Generation Equality Forum deck.
The Forum will provide a collective agenda-setting space for urgent action and accountability for gender equality. It will result in innovative partnerships between civil society, Member States, and private sector, as well as other stakeholders, who share common goals to accelerate action on critical thematic areas of concern. These Action Coalitions will develop a set of concrete, ambitious, and transformative actions that Coalition members will take between 2020 and 2025 to achieve immediate and irreversible progress towards gender equality. The thematic areas for the Action Coalitions will be identified in consultation with civil society and other stakeholders and will be based on the outcomes of the Beijing+25 review processes.
💥Save the date for #GenerationEquality Forum!💥— UN Women (@UN_Women) September 23, 2019
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I thank all of our exciting speakers and partners for our #GenerationEquality event today. This is just the beginning for the many activities we have for #Beijing25.— Phumzile Mlambo (@phumzileunwomen) September 24, 2019
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