Drafted by: M. Jitsukawa
Concurred by: Ms T. Kay
Approved by Ms K. Hokkaido
AND SOCIAL COMMISSION FOR ASIA AND THE PACIFIC
Asia-Pacific Regional Symposium on Gender Mainstreaming
10-13 December 2001
ADDRESS BY MS KEIKO OKAIDO
DEPUTY EXECUTIVE SECRETARY
ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMISSION FOR ASIA AND THE PACIFIC
Ms Carolyn Hannan,
Ladies and gentlemen,
As the Asia-Pacific Regional Symposium
on Gender Mainstreaming comes to its conclusion, I would like
to express my appreciation of your hard work and congratulate
all of you on the communiqué which you have just unanimously adopted.
I note with appreciation that the
communiqué is a crystallization of your intensive and interactive
deliberations during this symposium. It reaffirms the importance
of the gender mainstreaming strategy to promote gender equality
and covers new thinking on the effective implementation of the
strategy. In your deliberations on alleviating poverty in a globalization
world, you have drawn attention to the inadequacy of focusing
only on income poverty and have called for a human poverty perspective
which recognizes the multiple deprivation and the violation of
the rights and entitlements of women. Your have also pointed out
the need to bridge the gap between macro-economic policies and
social policies which seek to achieve the goals of social justice
and gender equality.
I also note that your have made value-added
contributions to the important subject of gender budgeting as
a means to link policy commitment to resource allocations. The
interconnection which you have pointed out of the development
of technical capacity for gender budgeting and the need to support
this process politically especially through civil society advocacy
is also very enlightening.
The institutionalization of gender
mainstreaming approaches is another key area which you have addressed.
Many important issues have also been raised in ensuring accountability
and responsibility for gender mainstreaming. I thank those who
have shared with the symposium good practices and lessons learned
from your own experiences of developing and operating various
The sharing of gender mainstreaming
practices in various sectors has proved to be an exercise helpful
for us to reflect upon the gaps between theory and practice. Innovative
concepts can be considered useful, feasible, sustainable, and
effective only when they prove their worth in the field. Such
information would be available only from those of you who have
taken the initiative to explore the potential of different approaches
in reality and frequently in uncharted territory. In your working
groups, I understand that you had the opportunity to look at gender
mainstreaming in sectors outside the governmental arena , and
also in emerging issues , including in post-conflict nation building.
This has been an invaluable forum to learn from one another and
to strategize on improved approaches.
In our rapidly globalizing and interconnected
world, subregional and regional bodies are becoming increasingly
important in shaping policy directions, and your deliberations
has shed light on the various measures which intergovernmental
bodies have taken to address gender mainstreaming and the useful
role which these entities can play in promoting common standards
and norms, and in intercountry cooperation.
As the only intergovernmental body
in this region, ESCAP for its part stands ready to move forward
with you in promoting gender mainstreaming as a key instrument
for gender equality.
I wish to convey our most grateful
thanks to the Government of Japan for its financial support, and
governments and agencies that have sponsored resource persons'
presentations, and all other donors and supporters that have contributed
to the success of this symposium .
I would also like to thank Ms Angela
King, Ms Carolyn Hanna, the staff of the Office of Special Advisor
on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women and the Division for
Advancement of Women for their collaboration with ESCAP. I wish
you all the best for the upcoming four symposia that you will
be jointly organizing with other regional commissions. It is our
sincere hope that this Asia-Pacific Regional Symposium has been
a successful first step in this global endeavour.
I hope you have found this symposium
useful in providing you with new ideas, knowledge and information.
I wish you every success in pursuit of the goals and strategies
developed in this symposium to mainstream gender in all sphere
of your work
Thank you very much once again for
your very valuable contributions. I wish you safe journey as you
return home and look forward to continuing collaboration with
you for the goal of gender equality, development and peace.