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Report On The International Forum On Women And Sustainable Development Beijing, China

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REPORT ON THE INTERNATIONAL FORUM ON WOMEN AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
BEIJING, CHINA
9 – 11 NOVEMBER 2011

BACKGROUND

International Forum on Women and Sustainable Development was organized by the All China Women’s Federation in Beijing, China. The All-China Women’s Federation (ACWF) was founded on April 3rd, 1949. It is a mass organization of Chinese women of all ethnic groups in all walks of life, striving for women’s advancement. Its mission is to represent and safeguard women’s rights and interests and to promote equality between women and men.

ACWF is also a member of the National Working Committee on Women and Children under the State Council. It is in consultative status ...view middle of the document...

OBJECTIVES

i. To review the progress and challenges in pursuing sustainable development from a gender perspective
ii. To secure the much-needed political commitment to the empowerment of women and gender mainstreaming in the process towards sustainable development
iii. To discuss opportunities and challenges in green economy and development
iv. To share success and insights in innovation for sustainable development

Plenary Session 1: Ministerial Discussion: Commitments and Actions- Country Experiences towards Sustainable Development

This session moderated by Ms. Allyson Maynard Givson, Senator of the Bahamas & Former President of International Women’s Forum focused on the political commitment to and implementation of gender mainstreaming in national development. In 1992, the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development adopted by 178 governments, underlined that woman have a vital role in environmental management and development. Women’s full participation is therefore essential to the achievement of sustainable development. The issue of women and sustainable development has been discussed at different international conferences related to environment, climate change, human rights and disaster risk reduction, especially the Platform for Action adopted at the Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995. The session is expected to highlight both success and challenges in ensuring empowerment of women and mainstreaming of gender in socio-economic development at national level.

18 speakers were selected from various country and given 5 minutes each to talk about the Countries Experiences towards Sustainable Development. Following are the list of countries participated in the Plenary 1:
a) UNISDR
b) United Nations
c) Brunei
d) Cambodia
e) Ethiopia
f) Fiji
g) Indonesia
h) Kenya
i) LAO PDR
j) Myanmar
k) Singapore
l) Thailand
m) USA
n) Vietnam
o) Iran
p) Japan

Many speakers in this session shares the same thought which is education, health, employment and economic independence are critical enablers for women to participate in sustainable development.

Role of women leaders in the efforts and initiatives to influence social changes that would lead to a better future were acknowledged.

Plenary Session 2: Sustainable Development Policy and Planning – Women’s Voices

The session was moderated by Ms. Kao Ching- Chi Sophia, Chairperson of Hong Kong Women’s Commision and there were 4 speakers namely:
i. Ms. Xie Ru, Vice Governor of JiangXi Province, China
ii. Ms. Saumura Tioulong, Member of Parliament, Cambodia
iii. Ms. Jacqueline Susan Mbabazi, Wife of Prime Minister, President of Women’s League, NRM, Uganda
iv. Mdm. Wan Hasmah Wan Mohd, Director-General, Department of Women Development, Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development, Malaysia
v. Ms. Zenepe Luka, President of Foundation ‘Nermin Vlora Falaschi’, Abania

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