General Assembly Multi-Stakeholder Hearing - Part 1

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21-Jul-2020 03:40:17
Governments, civil society leaders, CEOs and academic experts gather virtually during a day-long interactive organized by General Assembly President Tijani Muhammad-Bande to explore ways to accelerate the achievement of landmark targets set 25 years ago for gender equality and women’s empowerment.

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“It’s up to us to make sure that we use the power of multilateral investment and commitment to realize the potential gains from radical, positive action to redress long-standing inequalities in multiple areas of women’s lives,” said UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka during the virtual event.

The interactive hearing rallied participants around the need for stronger multilateral commitment to implement the 1995 Beijing Platform for Action. Adopted at the watershed Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, it outlines 12 critical areas where action is needed to create gender equality - and ways to bring about change. Together with the Beijing Declaration, it is widely considered the most progressive blueprint for advancing women's rights.

The interactive hearing more broadly sets the stage for a high-level meeting to be held by the Assembly on “Accelerating the realization of gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls”, on 23 September, during its annual general debate.

“We simply cannot allow the coronavirus to threaten the lives and future of women,” said Mr. Muhammad-Bande. The needs of women and girls must be central to both rapid-response and long-term recovery planning, he asserted, with women included in every decision-making forum.

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