Today, the world is commemorating International Women’s Day.
It gives the international community as a whole a renewed opportunity
to review its action and assess the efforts done and those still to
be achieved to advance the status of women worldwide. Our nations’
development requires women’s active participation.
Since Beijing, the General Assembly has continued promoting gender
equality, not only as an end but also as an effective means to achieving
the Millennium Goals.
Having set women’s empowerment and gender equality as targets
to be achieved by 2015, the Millennium Declaration has clearly underlined
that we should reinforce the status of women at local, national and
Indeed, beyond the need to increase the involvement of women in the
political governance, it is fundamental to create more economic opportunities
for them and to strengthen their social and legal protection.
We still have to accomplish those objectives to enable women to play
a more active role in the preservation of peace and security worldwide,
as well as in the fight against poverty for a better social well-being.
On the verge of the High-Level Plenary Meeting of September 2005,
the advancement of women remains a matter of concern which deserves
our collective action.