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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Countries in special situations – such as the least developed countries (LDCs), landlocked developing countries (LLDCs), small island developing states (SIDSs), and post-conflict and post-crisis countries – are disproportionately affected by climate change, natural disasters and economic downturns, such as the recent global financial crisis, which are undermining the development prospects, especially of the most vulnerable segments of their population. Women are among the most vulnerable and their special needs and vulnerabilities need to be factored into the development planning and programmes of these countries. Women are also agents of change and can play a critical role in formulating an effective response to crises, as well as in promoting sustainable economic growth and development. The empowerment and inclusion of women in the political, economic and social decision-making processes of countries in special situations are, thus, critical to promote the respect of women’s rights and ensure effective and sustainable solutions to crises.


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