PRESS BRIEFING BY MONICA GRAYLEY, SPOKESPERSON FOR GENERAL ASSEMBLY PRESIDENT MARÍA FERNANDA ESPINOSA
GA TO HOST HIGH-LEVEL PANEL DISCUSSION BY GENDER EQUALITY LEADERS
The General Assembly will on Monday, 15 July, hold an informal plenary meeting on Gender Equality and Women’s Leadership for a Sustainable World. The General Assembly will host the eminent Group of Gender Equity Leaders established by the PGA, Ms. María Fernanda Espinosa, last year as one of her top priorities to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women.
The event, which will start at 10 a.m. at the ECOSOC Chamber, will be the second meeting of the Group of Gender Equality Leaders.
The PGA believes that women decision-makers must lead by example to safeguard the achievements and accelerate progress towards gender equality for all women and girls.
The informal plenary meeting will bring together this diverse group of leaders who share a common goal: to accelerate the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women in their own communities and around the world.
In line with the theme of this year’s High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development, the event will focus on empowerment, equality and inclusion as critical elements to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
The event will also provide a platform to follow up on the President of the General Assembly high-level event on ‘Women in Power’, held on 12 March 2019, and will aim to identify best practices to implement the key action points included in the ‘Call for Action’, released during the event.
The PGA, the PGA-elect, H.E, Tijjani Muhammad-Bande and the Deputy Secretary-General, Ms. Amina Mohammed will deliver opening remarks followed by two panel discussions on Women’s Leadership, a Call to Action and Gender Equality and Inclusive Societies for Sustainable Development. Among the participants are Ms. Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of New Zealand, the Head of UN Women, Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the Secretary-General of the Ibero-American Organization, Ms. Rebecca Grynspan and Mr. Guy Ryder, Director-General of the International Labour Organization, ILO.
Both panels will be moderated by the Permanent Representatives of Switzerland, H.E. Mr. Juerg Lauber, and of Rwanda, H.E, Ms. Valentine Rugwabiza.
For a complete list of speakers, please go to our website: www.un.org/por
GENDER EQUALITY CRUCIAL TO SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, PGA SAYS ON WORLD POPULATION DAY
Ms. Espinosa has issued a tweet to mark World Population Day, on this 11 July. The PGA has asked international leaders and peoples around the globe to invest in population issues and to focus on health for all.
The President of the General Assembly affirmed that gender equality is crucial to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Ms. Espinosa said that “reproductive health and women’s empowerment go hand-in-hand.
This year’s World Population Day calls for global attention to the unfinished business of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development.
Ms. Espinosa will hold a bilateral meeting with the Director General of the International Development Law Organization (IDLO), Ms. Irene Khan. Later, the PGA will take part in a reception in honour of the anniversary of the accession to the throne of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco.
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