UN Women to reinforce gender equality in post-2015 agenda

Date: Wednesday, January 14, 2015

On Monday, 19 January, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will open a UN Women-organized panel entitled “The Centrality of Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women and Girls for the Post-2015 Development Agenda.”

In the discussion of the post-2015 development agenda, Member States have repeatedly recognized that the achievement of gender equality and sustainable development reinforce each other. The Open Working Group has proposed a stand-alone goal on achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls. Several of the other goals contain important gender-sensitive targets.

As decision time nears on what will follow the Millennium Development Goals, this stock-taking session provides an important opportunity to reinforce the centrality of gender equality for the new development agenda, including on its implementation, global partnerships, follow-up and review.

Panelists will include the new President of the UN Women Executive Board Bureau, Ambassador Ib Petersen, Permanent Representative of Denmark to the United Nations; Roberto Dondisch Glowinski, Director General for Global Issues, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mexico; Wardarina Thaib, Asia Pacific Forum for Women, Law and Development; and a representative of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

The event will be moderated by Kristin Hetle, Director of Strategic Partnerships for UN Women, and will take place from 1.15 – 2.30 p.m. at the UN Secretariat building in New York, Conference Room 8 (CB).