UN / ECOSOC OPENING WRAP

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28-Jun-2010
At the opening of the 2010 High-level Segment of the Economic and Social Council, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says that "until women and girls are liberated from poverty and injustice" all UN development goals "stand in jeopardy." Academy Award-winning actress and women's rights advocate Geena Davis adds that "it is critical to engage all sides" in order to end violence against women and promote their economic empowerment. UNTV / FILE

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DATELINE: 26 JUNE 2010, NEW YORK CITY/ FILE

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FILE – UNTV - RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior North Lawn UN building

26 JUNE 2010, NEW YORK CITY

2. Zoom out, Secretary-General and ECOSOC president at dais
3. Wide shot, dais
4. Wide shot, audience
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General:
“Let us invest in women. This is where we need progress the most. Social, political and economic equality for women is integral to the achievement of the MDGs. Until women and girls are liberated from poverty and injustice, all our goals – peace, security, sustainable development – stand in jeopardy.”
6. Wide shot, dais and audience
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General:
“The creation of UN Women will mark a significant advance towards further strengthening our capacity to work with Member States to coherently meet the needs of women and girls. We all need to deliver as we collectively tackle global crises and work towards the MDGs. Women need to be included at all levels of political decision making. We must strengthen political commitment to change laws and policies that discriminate against them.”
8. Wide shot, Geena Davis walks to the microphone
9. Zoom in audience
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Geena Davis, Founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media:
“It is critical to engage all sides and work hand-in-hand; Governments, the United Nations, Philanthropies, the Private Sector, leading individuals and members of other civil society groups, if we are to end violence against women and girls and promote their economic empowerment.”
11. Med shot, press conference dais
12. Med shot, reporters
13. Med shot, dais
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Geena Davis, Founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media:
“If we want to affect how women are viewed in society and their value in society; if we have such devaluing and disempowering images from the first media that children consume, it sets the table and acculturates yet another generation of children into seeing women and girls as of a lesser status than boys and men.”

FILE – UNIFEM - UNDATED, SIERRA LEONE

15. Pan left, girl's class

FILE – UNIFEM - UNDATED, AFGHANISTAN

16. Med shot, woman baking bread

FILE – UNIFEM - UNDATED, COCHABAMBA, BOLIVIA

17. Wide shot, women working in a produce market

FILE – UNIFEM – UNDATED, RWANDA

18. Zoom out, woman with baby working on a farm

STORYLINE:

The annual high-level segment of the United Nations (UN) Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) opened today (28 June) with speakers calling for women and girls to be placed at the centre of the global struggle to achieve the social and economic targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Referring to the eight goals that world leaders have agreed to try to realize before their 2015 deadline, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, told the meeting that “until women and girls are liberated from poverty and injustice, all our goals – peace, security, sustainable development – stand in jeopardy.”

Ban noted that this year is the 15th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, and the 10th anniversary of Security Council resolution 1325 on women and peace and security. The Declaration and Platform remain the most comprehensive global policy framework to achieve the goals of gender equality, development and peace.

The Secretary-General spoke about the creation of a new agency, UN Women, which he said “will mark a significant advance towards further strengthening our capacity to work with Member States to coherently meet the needs of women and girls.”

The General Assembly approved the Secretary-General’s plan for a new consolidated agency to deal with women’s issues last year, but talks on getting it off the ground have stalled.

Academy Award-winning actress and activist Geena Davis, spoke to the gathering and said that it will be “critical” to engage Governments, the United Nations, and civil society “if we are to end violence against women and girls and promote their economic empowerment.”

At a later press conference Davis, who is the founder of the non-profit organization the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media said that “devaluing and disempowering” portrayal of women in media that children consume, “sets the table and acculturates yet another generation of children into seeing women and girls as of a lesser status than boys and men.”

In addition to the annual ministerial review, the high-level segment of the ECOSOC substantive session will include the Development Cooperation Forum, which aims to strengthen global partnerships for development.

The declaration will serve as a component to this September’s high-level summit convened by Ban to try to urge world leaders to accelerate progress towards the MDGs ahead of 2015.
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