UN debate on gender equality and the post-2015 development agenda

6 March 9:00am - 6:00pm
United Nations New York

2015 marks twenty years since the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. Through efforts at the national, regional and global level, there has been steady progress in advancing gender equality. However, as Member States and other stakeholders engage in formulating the Post-2015 Development Agenda, gender inequalities still remain deeply entrenched in many societies.

This thematic debate will focus primarily on two aspects of promoting gender equality and empowerment of women that are important for their contribution to sustainable development – women’s economic and political empowerment and their access to quality education.

Opening Session

The opening session will commemorate the 2015 United Nations Observance of International Women’s Day, under the slogan: “Empower women, Empower humanity. Picture it.”

Morning Panel Discussion

Women’s economic and political empowerment, including access to decent work, and control over economic and productive resources and active participation in governance and decision-making.

Afternoon Panel Discussion

Access to quality education and skills development as tools for empowerment of women and girls.


A link to the webcast of this debate will be posted on this page as soon as it is made available.


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