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  • Claudia Cardinale participates in ETF Conference “Skills for Progress” and the International Scientific Conference on Desertification and Drylands Research

    22-06-2006 6:00 am Mrs Claudia Cardinale, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, spoke about women’s rights at the European Training Foundation (ETF) Advisory Forum plenary meeting “Skills for Progress”, on 7 June 2006 in Turin, Italy.Claudia-Cardinale-ETF.jpg

    During her opening speech to the forum she highlighted the skills gaps between men and women in parts of the world where the ETF operates. She concluded: “If it is indeed progress you want, you will sooner or later need to utilize this rich resource of skills by actively empowering girls and women to make their own choices.”

    Some 200 policy-makers and labour market experts from 55 countries discussed the skills necessary for tomorrow’s labour markets. The ETF Advisory Forum plenary meeting is a triennial event bringing together European Union Institutions, Member States and partner countries that functions as a platform for discussion and sharing of ideas and experiences in the field of vocational education and training.

    Two weeks later, Mrs Cardinale attended the International Scientific Conference on Desertification and Drylands Research, from 19 to 21 June 2006, in Tunis, Tunisia. The Conference was one of the landmark events of the United Nations International Year of Deserts and Desertification, celebrating 50 years of UN research in this area. Delegates, field experts and decision-makers from the world’s drylands regions met to explore ways of managing sensitive zones in a more sustainable way and to combat desertification.

    During her speech, Mrs Cardinale drew attention to the critical need for water in ecological balance. “Water must become an element of peace and exchange rather than conflict”, Mrs Cardinale said at the opening of the Conference, using as an example the deforestation of the Amazon region of Latin America.

    The Conference, which was also part of the celebrations for the World Day to Combat Desertifi cation (17 June), was held under the High Auspices of the President of Tunisia, HE Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, and sponsored by UNESCO, the Tunisian Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, GEF, DDPA, and The Flemish Government of Belgium.

    Photo (© ETF): Mrs Claudia Cardinale, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, on 7 June 2006 in Turin, Italy

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