Generation Equality Forum

Update regarding the Generation Equality Forum timeline
We have all watched with concern the rapid increase in the numbers of people all over the world affected by the COVID-19 disease. The World Health Organization (WHO) has, on 11 March 2020, characterized the outbreak of this disease as a pandemic and has called for a comprehensive, all-of-society strategy to prevent infections, save lives and minimize impact. In light of the current global COVID-19 situation, the timelines of the convening of the Generation Equality Forum are being reviewed. The health and well-being of participants is our paramount concern and we continue to follow the recommendations of national and international public health authorities concerning the coronavirus (COVID-19). More information on the revised convening will be available in the next days. In the meantime we seek your support and solidarity until we have more information to share.

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Scene from the event, “Gender equality: From the Biarritz Partnership to the Beijing+25 Generation Equality Forum”, hosted by France and Mexico ahead of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly, 2019. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown.
Scene from the event, “Gender equality: From the Biarritz Partnership to the Beijing+25 Generation Equality Forum”, hosted by France and Mexico ahead of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly, 2019. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown.

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.

Save the date: Generation Equality Forum, Mexico City 7-8 May 2020; France 7-10 July 2020. Click for more information

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.

“The Government of Mexico will support all efforts related to Beijing+25 and ongoing intitiatives of the United Nations Organization.” —Marcelo Luis Ebrard Casaubón, Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Mexico

“Twent-five years after the Beijing Declaration, which marked the history of our organization at the time, backsliding is simply out of the question. We need to move forward. ... We have taken steps on this, with the Generation Equality forum that will take place in Paris in 2020.” —Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic

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.

Generation Equality Forum Core Group
Civil Society Advisory Group
Civil Society Strategic Planning and Leadership Group

Action Coalitions

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.