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”.



Women’s role in peace, development and humanitarian efforts

Tremendous progress has been made over the last decade - through a series of international norms, decisions and declarations - to declare, once and for all, that a gender perspective is a necessary precondition to succeed in promoting security, development and humanitarian principles – e.g. October 2010 will mark the 10th anniversary of the landmark United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security, while work towards the effective and comprehensive implementation of the provisions confronting sexual violence in conflict and post-conflict situations of United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1820 and 1888, is underway. The United Nations, irretrievably, has declared that we must have a specific focus on women in all its work in crisis and post-crisis situations, not only because it is in conformity with the ideals of the United Nations, but also with its interests. Peace, development and humanitarian efforts will fail unless we focus on the needs and resourcefulness of women. In a few post-conflict situations, from Burundi to Nepal, he noted, that this has resulted into a considerable increase in the representation of women in political decision-making, since peace agreements were signed and the peace process started. In many development programmes and capacity building efforts inside and outside the United Nations, there is greater, better and more effective focus on empowering women. Over the last decade, women and girls in most countries have achieved greater access to healthcare and education. In many emergency operations, humanitarian workers have mainstreamed gender perspectives and relief groups provided more appropriate and effective aid for women and girls as well as men and boys. In OCHA, a stand-by gender capacity that can send experts anywhere in the world on a short notice was established and operative gender experts have been deployed to improve humanitarian programmes in more then 20 countries.


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