UN General Assembly 75: In a Pandemic World, Where Does Gender Equality Fit In?

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UN General Assembly 75: In a Pandemic World, Where Does Gender Equality Fit In?

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to hold the world hostage, global leaders will gather at the largest annual inter-governmental meeting for the first time ever in a virtual session.

The 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 75) will open on September 15, and its General Debate will focus on how to respond to the pandemic and confront its challenges through multilateral action. The historic session will mark the 75th anniversary of the Organization, through a Summit meeting on September 21.

With COVID-19 putting at risk the hard-won advances achieved on women’s rights in past decades, gender equality will be one of the top items on the agenda of decision makers.

This General Assembly also comes a quarter century after the adoption of the 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. The agreement remains a visionary and comprehensive framework for the achievement of gender equality and women’s empowerment. The roadmap, which lays a foundation for transforming the lives of women and girls, was reaffirmed by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

This session will see the first High-Level Meeting of the General Assembly on the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action in two decades. With the overall theme of “Accelerating the realization of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls,” the High-Level Meeting of the General Assembly on Beijing+25 will emphasize that now is the time for transformative change.

Click here to read the full article published by Ms Magazine on 14 September 2020.

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