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June 2010


Colloquium: Advancing Women’s Leadership for Sustainable Peace in the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict and Worldwide

Madrid, Spain, 1-2 June 2010
Host / Sponsor: UNIFEM and International Women’s Commission (IWC) with support from the Government of Spain

The gender dimensions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and possible solutions have gone largely unrecognized. Women’s voices, and the perspectives of individuals and organizations committed to the human rights of women and gender equality are absent or underrepresented in formal mechanisms for the prevention and resolution of conflict. At the Spanish Senate in Madrid, UNIFEM and the International Women's Commission (IWC), with the support of the Government of Spain, are sponsoring a two-day, high-level colloquium on 1–2 June to highlight the often overlooked dimension of women’s leadership in the resolution of the conflict. This meeting is particularly relevant as the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 marks its 10th anniversary.
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Women Deliver 2010: "Delivering solutions for girls and women"

Washington, DC, USA, 7 - 9 June 2010

Ministers, parliamentarians, experts, first ladies, royalty, celebrities, midwives, young leaders and civil society representatives from 140 countries will be meeting in Washington, DC, 7-9 June 2010 for the largest ever conference on maternal and reproductive health.

More than 3,400 people will join the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, the Executive Director of UNFPA, Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, and other global leaders at the Women Deliver Conference to promote investment in women and share solutions that can empower girls and reduce maternal deaths and disabilities.

“Investing in women is not only the right thing to do; it is smart economics. No woman should die giving life, and to achieve this we need to focus on reproductive health and the human rights of girls and women,” says Ms. Obaid, who will speak at the opening of the conference.
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Global Open Day for Women and Peace

International, 7 June - 16 July 2010
Host / Sponsor: The Open Day is organized by the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), the UN Department of Political Affairs (DPA), the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP)

Starting on 7 June 2010, the Global Open Day for Women and Peace will break new ground. Throughout June, in more than 20 post-conflict countries, senior UN officials are opening their doors to women peace activists and leaders. Special Representatives of the UN Secretary-General and other high-level officials will engage with women advocates to hear their concerns, and discuss how to increase women’s participation in sustainable conflict resolution, peacemaking and peacebuilding.

In a statement, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called the Global Open Day for Women and Peace an opportunity to “reinvigorate our efforts to realize the vision set out in resolution 1325.” Recommendations from the meetings will be forwarded to the UN Security Council for it to consider in accelerating the resolution’s implementation.
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UN TV Debate on "Women's empowerment, development cooperation and culture"

New York, USA, 30 June 2010
Host / Sponsor: UN DESA with UNFPA and UNESCO

The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) is launching the first of a series of television debates, “Face to Face”. On 30 June 2010, DESA, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will gather experts at United Nations Headquarters in New York to discuss the theme, “Women’s empowerment, development cooperation and culture”. Please participate and ask your questions.
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Picture This: We Can End Poverty

International, now through 16 July 2010
Host / Sponsor: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with Olympus Corporation, The Agence France-Presse (AFP) Foundation and the UN’s Department of Information(DPI)

Picture This: We Can End Poverty is a global photo contest seeking to show — in a positive way — what people around the world are doing to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight goals agreed on by world leaders to halve extreme poverty by 2015.
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UNIFEM Essay and Photo Contest: Promoting Gender Equality and Women’s Human Rights — From National Commitments to Real Change

International – Pacific Island countries, now through 3 September 2010
Host / Sponsor: UNIFEM

As part of CEDAW's 30th Anniversary and International Women's Day, UNIFEM is holding an essay and photo contest from 8 March to 2 September in the Pacific region. The theme of the contest is "Promoting Gender Equality and Women’s Human Rights — From National Commitments to Real Change."

Contest participants are asked to tell the story of how women's lives have changed or not changed in their country or community in photos or an essay.
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