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06.03.2014 - ODG

Gender equality - a breakthrough strategy for sustainable development

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UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova will be in New York from 10 to 12 March to attend the 58th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), which will review progress in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls. This Commission will be an opportunity to reconfirm that women’s empowerment and gender equality are strong foundations for lasting peace and sustainable development.

As a panelist at a UN Interagency High-Level Side Event on MDGs for women and girls, the Director-General will underscore the imperative of a comprehensive approach to gender equality in line with global norms and agreements, including the Beijing Platform for Action.

She will attend the launch of the Gender Overview of the 11th Annual Education for All Global Monitoring Report, organized jointly with UN Girls Education Initiative (UNGEI) and Education International (EI), where she will underscore the importance of upholding the right of all girls and boys to a quality education.

The Director-General will address a special event hosted by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Tajikistan, which will take stock of the International Year of Water Cooperation.

She will be a keynote speaker at a High-level Ministerial Meeting on the Abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation, organized by Burkina Faso and Italy, and participate in a side event hosted by UK and Tanzania seeking to increase women’s and girls’ participation in science, technology, engineering and maths.

In the framework of the CSW session, the Director-General will open the UNESCO side event “Bridging the gap for inclusive knowledge societies,” to highlight the urgency of empowering women and girls through access to ICTs and promoting an environment for a free and independent media.

During her visit, Irina Bokova will meet with UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and with heads of other UN agencies.

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