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Dialogues at the Economic and Social Council

Achieving Gender Equality, Women's Empowerment and Strengthening Development Cooperation

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This publication presents key debates that took place during the 2010 High-level Segment of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), during which was organized the second biennial Development Cooperation Forum. The discussions also focused on the theme of the 2010 Annual Ministerial Review, Implementing the internationally agreed goals and commitments in regard to gender equality and the impowerment of women. It contains keynote speeches, issue papers, roundtable summaries, National Voluntary Presentations, transcriptions of other dialogues and discussions, including a video of the United Nations television debate “Face-to-Face”.

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The Government of Senegal hosted a regional preparatory meeting on the theme of “Women and health in Africa”, where progress on the MDGs concerning maternal mortality and HIV/AIDS remains weak. The Global Preparatory Meeting discussed the role of women in food security. The meeting sent a clear message that rural women are key stakeholders in sustainable development and a critical force in reducing poverty and hunger. If countries are to achieve their development goals, concerted and targeted action is needed to empower rural women and to redress existing levels of gender equality. The Economic and Social Council also addressed innovative partnerships through a special event on philanthropy. Representatives of various stakeholders discussed how to join forces to end violence against women and girls and to promote women’s economic empowerment. The reports of these preparatory events are contained in Part A below.

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