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Gender Equality: the Missing Link? – Rethinking the Internationally Agreed Development Goals Beyond 2015
9-11 September 2010
Athens, Greece

UNESCO Future Forum

<b>Gender Equality: the Missing Link? – Rethinking the Internationally Agreed Development Goals Beyond 2015</b><br>9-11 September 2010<br> Athens, Greece
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In collaboration with the Hellenic National Commission for UNESCO, UNESCO is organizing a session of the UNESCO Future Forum series on the theme “Gender Equality: the Missing Link? – Rethinking the Internationally Agreed Development Goals Beyond 2015” in Athens (Greece), from 9 to 11 September 2010.

The UNESCO Future Forum series aims at fostering a reflection on key future-oriented issues in the domains of the Organization – education, the sciences, culture and communication.
As UNESCO is working towards a culture of gender inclusion at all levels, local, national, regional and global, this session will be an opportunity to demonstrate that gender equality may well be the missing link in the peace-development equation.

Against the background of the 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action adopted at the Fourth World Conference on Women, the 2000 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the six Education For All (EFA) Goals, the discussions of the MDG Summit to be held in September 2010 in New York will need to address progress made with regard to gender equality, development and peace and define the parameters of the challenges in the post-2015 period.

In the context of multiple global crises, the gender equality vision and framework for action set in Beijing are more relevant than ever, but renewed mobilization is urgently needed if the international community is to overcome not just traditional resistances to women’s emancipation, but also business as usual indifference as well as shortcomings in cooperation mechanisms.

The Forum will be opened by Irina BOKOVA, Director-General of UNESCO and Pavlos GEROULANOS, Μinister of Culture of Greece.

Keynote addresses will be delivered by global leaders, including:

  • Eleonora MITROFANOVA, Chairperson of the UNESCO Executive Board
  • Asha-Rose MIGIRO, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General
  • Tatjana KOKE (Latvia), Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Latvia
  • Bibiana AIDO ALMAGRO(Spain), Minister of Equality of Spain
  • Moushira Mahmoud KHATTAB (Egypt), Minister of State for Family and Population Affairs
  • Emma BONINO (Italy), Vice-President of the Italian Senate
  • Carol BELLAMY (USA), Chair, Education for All – Fast Track Initiative and former Executive Director of UNICEF
  • Nafis SADIK (Pakistan), Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for HIV/AIDS in Asia and former Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
  • CHEN Zhili (China), President of the All-China Women’s Federation; former State Councillor

Panelists will include United Nations experts on gender equality, high-level government officials, experts and practitioners, leaders of NGOs and scholars.

The panels will address the following themes:
  • The Strategic Role of Gender Equality in Development
  • From Violence against Women to Women’s Leadership in Peace
  • Addressing the Gender Dimensions of Environmental Challenges
  • UNESCO’s Role in Fostering Change: the Nexus of Education, the Sciences, Culture and Information and Communication

For more information, please contact:
Caroline Descombris
Bureau of Strategic Planning
Tél: +33145681624


Proceedings of the UNESCO Future Forum on Gender Equality: The Missing Link? Rethinking the Internationally Agreed Development Goals beyond 2015, 9-11 September 2010, Athens, Greece

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