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ECOSOC NGO News Bulletin April 19, 2010

1. "Financing for Climate Change: Gender Equality" - NGO Global Preparatory Meeting for the High Level Segment of the Economic and Social Council in 2010, 21 April

A special civil society event is planned as part of the NGO Global Preparatory Meeting for the 2010 High Level Segment of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The theme of the event is based on the agenda for ECOSOC this year which includes gender equality and the empowerment of women, and is entitled "Financing for climate change: Gender Equality." It is co-organized by the Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs and the NGO Committee on the Status of Women/NY.

The event will open with keynote statements by the United Nations Under Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, Mr. Sha Zukang and His Excellency Mr. Hamidon Ali, President of ECOSOC. Her Excellency, Ms. Dessima M. Williams, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Grenada to the United Nations and His Excellency, Mr. Jarmo Viinanen, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Finland to the United Nations will follow with brief opening remarks.

The second part of the event will include presentations from a panel of experts on the topic of "gender equality and the empowerment of women related to financing for climate change." The panelists will be: Soon-Young Yoon, Vice-Chair, NGO Committee on the Status of Women/NY; Liane Schalatek, Associate Director, Heinrich Boell Foundation; Christian Holmes, Senior Advisor for Energy and environment at the USAID, Yuvan A. Beejadhur, Counselor, Sustainable Development Network and Office of the Special Representative, the World Bank; and Rachel Harris, U.S. Climate Change Campaign Coordinator, Womenโ€™s Environment and Development Organization.

Please read more from: http://esango.un.org/irene/?page=viewContent&nr=8002&type=8§ion=8

2. Participate in the "Development Strategies that Work Policy Forum"

You are invited to participate in the Development Strategies that Work Policy Forum, an online discussion area where stakeholders can exchange information, best practices and lessons learned based on their experiences implementing national development strategies. This online discussion is part of the Development Strategies that Work database,ย�a growing collection of policies, outcomes and analysis based on information provided by governments in the national reports or national voluntary presentations prepared for the Annual Ministerial Reviews of the Economic and Social Council.

As 2010 marks a crossroad for the promotion of gender equality, the first two Policy Forum discussions are focused on gender and how to reach national targets on equality and womenโ€™s empowerment:

  • Accelerating gender-sensitive MDG performance: With the 2015 MDG target date fast approaching, how can countries modify their development strategies to ensure more gender-sensitive implementation of all MDGs?
  • Internal Financing for Gender Equality: At a time when multilateral and bilateral financing may be compromised or redirected, how can internal financing strategies be maximized and made more responsive to womenโ€™s needs?
  • The Development Strategies that Work Policy Forum will be regularly updated with new e-discussions that focus on various aspects of national development strategies, from climate change management to economic growth, and from agricultural development to good governance.ย�

    You are encouraged to contribute to this debate, and highlight any successful development strategies that may be replicated or adapted to other contexts.

    3. Special Event to mark the International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures, 21 April, 2010

    The Department of Economic and Social Affairs has the pleasure of inviting you to a: Special Event to mark the International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures, Wednesday, 21 April 2010, 3 to 6 p.m..

    Location: Conference Room 2, North Lawn Building (NLB), United Nations Headquarters

    Objectives: The special event will provide an opportunity to promote a shared conceptual framework on intercultural issues, to showcase successful experiences in this field and to share updated information on forthcoming United Nations activities that pertain to the intercultural, interreligious and intercivilizational arenas.

    Opening remarks by:

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