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At the high-level event on Thursday celebrating 25 years since the landmark Beijing Conference on Women, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for “the equal representation of women in leadership positions.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 1 OCTOBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY

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1. Exterior shot, UN Headquarters

1 OCTOBER 2020, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, GA Hall
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Volkan Bozkir, President of the UN General Assembly:
“I have to ask the question: When will we reach full gender equality? In 2030? On the fiftieth anniversary of the Fourth World Conference for Women? On the centenary of the United Nations? Why wait? Let us take action today, to ensure equality tomorrow. It is up to you. It is up to all of us.”
4. Wide shot, Guterres going to rostrum
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“The systems and structures of our world, based on millennia of male domination, are holding women back in all areas, with serious consequences for everyone. COVID-19 demonstrates that we urgently need a strong push to meet the unfulfilled promise of Beijing. This is fundamentally a question of power, so it starts with the equal representation of women in leadership positions, in governments, boardrooms, in climate negotiations and at the peace table – everywhere decisions are taken that affect people’s lives.”
6. Cutaway, delegates
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations:
“Looking forward, we need transformative, women-led changes to the failed structures and frameworks exploited by this pandemic. That is the only way we will implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and achieve lives of dignity and opportunity for all.”
8. Wide shot, delegates applauding
9. Wide shot, GA podium with Mlambo-Ngcuka on screens
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women:
“The disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on women in society and in the front lines, where women are the majority of those saving lives, is an epoch moment. The women of the world believe in the UN and the solidarity of nations. And that ‘We the peoples’ all together, can change the future. It is in our hands.”
11. Wide shot, GA Hall
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Natalia Kanem Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA):
“UNFPA data show that only 55 percent of women worldwide can make their own decisions about their own sexual and reproductive health and about contraception. One woman in three experiences a trauma of violence over her lifetime. And last year alone, 280 000 adolescent and young women became infected with HIV.”
13. Cutaway, delegates
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Natalia Kanem Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA):
“We need urgent action, strong political support and targeted investments. Otherwise, gains achieved painstakingly over decades are at risk. Now is the time to scale up investments and we urge everyone to backup words and policies with deeds and with funding for programmes and services that transform women’s lives. Investing in women and girls is not just a question of rights, it’s also smart economics with benefits to society many, many times the cost.”
15. Cutaway, delegates

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At the high-level event on Thursday celebrating 25 years since the landmark Beijing Conference on Women, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for “the equal representation of women in leadership positions.”

Held in September 1995 in Beijing, China, the UN Fourth World Conference on Women called ‘Action for Equality, Development and Peace’, brought together the world leaders to discuss and agree on a comprehensive plan to achieve global legal equality, known as the Beijing Platform for Action.

Twenty five years later, the Beijing+25 meeting convened in New York on Thursday, was an opportunity for the United Nations leadership and Heads of State and Government to take a stock on progress made over the last 25 years and to asses the challenges the world still needs to overcome in achieving the full gender equality.

Opening the event, President of the UN General Assembly, Volkan, Bozkir asked the world leaders:” when will we reach full gender equality? In 2030? On the fiftieth anniversary of the Fourth World Conference for Women? On the centenary of the United Nations?

“Why wait?” Bozkar asked. “Let us take action today, to ensure equality tomorrow. It is up to you. It is up to all of us.”

Also speaking in the opening segment of the event, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said “the systems and structures of our world, based on millennia of male domination, are holding women back in all areas, with serious consequences for everyone. COVID-19 demonstrates that we urgently need a strong push to meet the unfulfilled promise of Beijing. This is fundamentally a question of power, so it starts with the equal representation of women in leadership positions, in governments, boardrooms, in climate negotiations and at the peace table – everywhere decisions are taken that affect people’s lives.”

“Looking forward, we need transformative, women-led changes to the failed structures and frameworks exploited by this pandemic,” Guterres said. “That is the only way we will implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and achieve lives of dignity and opportunity for all.”

“The disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on women in society and in the front lines, where women are the majority of those saving lives, is an epoch moment. The women of the world believe in the UN and the solidarity of nations. And that ‘We the peoples’ all together, can change the future. It is in our hands.”

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the Executive Director of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, also called the UN Women, said in a video message “the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on women in society and in the front lines, where women are the majority of those saving lives, is an epoch moment. The women of the world believe in the UN and the solidarity of nations. And that ‘We the peoples’ all together, can change the future. It is in our hands.”

Speaking from the podium of the UN General Assembly, Natalia Kanem, the Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) said her agency’s data show that “only 55 percent of women worldwide can make their own decisions about their own sexual and reproductive health and about contraception. One woman in three experiences a trauma of violence over her lifetime. And last year alone, 280 000 adolescent and young women became infected with HIV.”

In her speech, Kanem advocated for “urgent action, strong political support and targeted investments.”

“Otherwise, gains achieved painstakingly over decades are at risk,” she said. “Now is the time to scale up investments and we urge everyone to backup words and policies with deeds and with funding for programmes and services that transform women’s lives. Investing in women and girls is not just a question of rights, it’s also smart economics with benefits to society many, many times the cost.”

More than 170 Heads of State and Government will address the Beijing+25 meeting in form of video messages played at the General Assembly Hall, where the physical presence is limited to one representative per Member State due to COVID-19 pandemic.
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