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Global 15-year review process in the 54th session of the Commission on the Status of Women

High-level roundtables

The high-level roundtable covered “The implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the outcomes of the twenty-third special session of the General Assembly and its contribution to shaping a gender perspective towards the full realization of the Millennium Development Goals”. Participants focused on the linkages between the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. They engaged in dialogue and shared experiences and lessons learned.

Discussion guide (E/CN.6/2010/3)

Moderator’s summary [ A C E F R S ]

High-level roundtable A: Monday 1 March 2010, 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. (Conference Room 1 - Conference building)

High-level roundtable B: Monday 1 March 2010, 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. (ECOSOC Chamber NLB)

  • Chair: H.E. Mr. Cesare Maria Ragaglini, Permanent Representative of Italy
  • Participants
  • Keynote speaker: Ms. Lydia Alpízar Durán, Executive Director, AWID
    [ Written statement ]
  • United Nations response: Ms. Sanye Gülser Corat, Director, Division for Gender Equality, UNESCO [ Written statement ]
  • NGO response: Ms. Ruth Ochieng, Isis-WICCE

Interactive events

Please click here to download a calendar of the interactive events.

The Commission held a series of interactive expert panels to support the sharing of experiences and good practices and the identification of ways to overcome remaining obstacles and new challenges in implementation of the Platform for Action and the outcome of the 23rd special session of the General Assembly.  The panels also considered ways for increasing awareness of the synergies between implementation of the Platform for Action and achievement of the MDGs.  In addition, a lunchtime panel took place in preparation for the 2011 priority theme of the Commission.

Panel I: Thursday 4 March 2010, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Linkages between implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action and the achievement of the MDGs


  • Ms. Eva Rathgeber, Professor, University of Ottawa/Carleton University [ Presentation | Expert group meeting report ]
  • Ms. Gulden Turkoz-Cosslett, UNDP Resident Representative and UN Resident Coordinator, Albania [ Paper ]
  • Ms. Zo Randriamaro, Training Coordinator, Development Alternatives for Women in a New Era (DAWN) [ Presentation | Paper ]

Panel II: Thursday 4 March 2010, 3:00-6:00 pm

Regional perspectives in progress achieved and remaining gaps and challenges in the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action


  • Ms. Lalla Ben Barka, Deputy Executive Secretary, ECA [ Paper ]
  • Mr. Ján Kubiš, Executive Secretary, ECE  [ Paper ]
  • Ms. Sonia Montaño, Head of the Division for Gender Affairs, ECLAC 
    [ Paper ]
  • Ms. Noeleen Heyzer, Executive Secretary, ESCAP [ Paper ]
  • Mr. Bader Al-Dafa, Executive Secretary, ESCWA [ Paper ]

Panel III: Friday, 5 March 2010, 3:00-6:00 pm

Commemorating 30 years of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women


  • Ms. Dubravka Šimonović, Member, Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women [ Paper ]
  • Mr. Andrew Byrnes, Law Professor, University of New South Wales, Sydney [ Paper ]
  • Ms. Sapana Pradhan Malla, Lawyer and President of the Forum on Women, Law and Development [ Paper ]

Panel IV:  Monday, 8 March 2010, 3:00-6:00 pm

Women’s economic empowerment in the context of the global economic and financial crisis


  • Ms. Mona Khalaf, Economist and Independent Consultant on gender and development [ Paper ]
  • Ms. Alma Espino, Economist, University of the Republic, Uruguay
    [ Paper ]
  • Ms. Rania Antonopoulos, Director of Gender Equality and Economy Programme, Levy Institute, NY [ Presentation | Paper ]

Panel V: Thursday, 11 March, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Unite to End Violence against Women


  • Mr. Dean Peacock, Co-director, Sonke Gender Justice Network
    [ Paper ]
  • Ms. Susanna Chiarotti, Human Rights Lawyer [ Paper ]
  • Mr. Walter A. Füllemann, Head of Delegation, ICRC [ Paper ]

Panel VI: Thursday, 11 March 2010, 3:00-6:00 pm

The evolving status and role of national mechanisms for gender equality


  • Ms. Rounaq Jahan, Distinguished Fellow, Centre for Policy Dialogue
    Presentation | Paper ]
  • Senator Margaret Mensah-Williams, Vice-Chairperson of the National Council of Namibia [ Paper ]
  • Ms. Mary Rusimbi, Gender Specialist and development practitioner [ Paper ]

Panel for ECOSOC AMR Theme: Tuesday, 9 March 2010, 3:00-6:00 pm

Implementing the internationally agreed goals and commitments in regard to gender equality and empowerment of women


  • Ms. Gita Sen, Professor, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore/Adjunct Professor, Harvard University
  • Ms. Agnes Quisumbing, Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI
    [ PresentationPaper ]
  • Ms. Leymah Roberta Gbowee, Executive Director, Women, Peace and Security Network, Africa [ Paper ]

Lunchtime panel (in preparation for CSW 2011): Thursday, 4 March, 1:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Access and participation of women and girls to education, training, science and technology, including for the promotion of women’s equal access to full employment and decent work


  • Ms. Codou Diaw, Executive Director of the Forum for African Women Educationalists [ Paper ]
  • Ms. Annette Williams, Director of the UK Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology [ Presentation | Paper ]
  • Ms. Monazza Aslam, Research Officer at the University of Oxford’s Centre for the Study of African Economies [ Paper ]