Events: A focus on gender as the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals meets

UN Women has released a list of all gender-related side events at OWG 8 this week, as it is one of the issues under consideration. Check out the list below, and click here to find out more.

Tuesday 4 February

>Breakfast meeting on Gender equality and adolescent girls’ health
Organized by UN Women, PMNCH, UNF, UNFPA and IFMSA
8:15 – 9:30 a.m., Delegates’ Dining Room
Speakers will include: Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director, UNFPA; H.E. Ambassador Asoke K Mukerji, India; H.E. Antonio de Aguiar Patriota, Brazil (tbc); Chongo Mwila, Advocacy, research and communications officer, YWCA Zambia; Jeni Klugman, Director of Gender and Development, World Bank Group; UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri will give closing remarks

>What is holding women and girls back from realizing their rights? Addressing structural inequalities to assure sustainable development
Organized by UNFPA with UN Women and UNDP
1:15 – 2:45 p.m., CR 7/NLB
Speakers will include: Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director, UNFPA; UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka; Magdalena Sepulveda Carmona, Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights; Gita Sen, ICPD High-level Taskforce; and Aili Mari Tripp, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Moderator: Olav Kjorven, UNDP – See more at:

>High-Level side event on addressing inequalities in the SDGs: A human rights imperative for effective poverty eradication
Organized by OHCHR in partnership with UNICEF and UN Women. Sponsored by the Permanent Missions of Finland and Brazil
1:15 – 2:30 p.m., Trusteeship Council Chamber
Speakers will include: H.E. Martti Ahtisaari, former President of Finland and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate; H.E. Antonio de Aguiar Patriota, Permanent Representative of Brazil to the United Nations (TBC); Ms. Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights; Prof. Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, Professor of International Affairs, The New School. Moderator: Craig Mokhiber, OHCHR –

Wednesday 5 February

>Measuring gender equality in the post-2015 development agenda
Expert Working Breakfast organized by the Mission of France
8:15 – 9:45 a.m., Permanent Mission of France
Speakers will include: Nicole Ameline, Chair of the CEDAW Committee; Saraswathi Menon, UN Women; Jeni Klugman; World Bank Group, Director, Gender and Development; Stefan Schweinfest, DESA/Statistics Division, Acting Director

>As part of the main session, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, will give a keynote speech at 10 a.m. in the Trusteeship Council

Achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment for sustainable development
Side event organized by the Permanent Missions of Sweden, Turkey, Nigeria and Switzerland in cooperation with UN Women
1:15 – 2:45 p.m., ECOSOC Chamber [See invitation]
Speakers will include: H.E. Mr. Y. Halit Çevik, Permanent Representative of Turkey; H.E. Mrs. U. Joy Ogwu, Permanent Representative of Nigeria; UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka; Jeni Klugman, Gender and Development Director, World Bank; Anna Brandt, Ambassador and Coordinator for Post-2015 Development Agenda, Sweden; Prof. Gita Sen, DAWN; and Ambassador Michael Gerber, Special Representative for Global Sustainable Development, Switzerland. Moderator: Pamela Falk, President, UN Correspondents Association, CBS News and Radio.

Thursday 6 February

>Conflict Prevention, Post-conflict Peacebuilding and the Promotion of Durable Peace, Rule of Law and Governance
Side event organized by PBSO, UNDP, UNICEF, ODC and UN Women
1:15 – 2:45 p.m., Trusteeship Council [See invitation]
Speakers will include:  H.E. Kingsley Mamabolo, PR of South Africa; H.E. Marjon V. Kamara, PR of Liberia; H.E. Ken Kanda, PR of Ghana; H.E. Vesna Batistic Kos, Assistant Minister, Directorate General for Multilateral and Global Issues, Croatia; H.E. Rasmus Helveg Pertersen, Minister for Development Cooperation, Denmark; Professor Anthony Harriott, University of the West Indies, Jamaica. Facilitator: Dr. Clare Lockhart, CEO, Institute for State Effectiveness

>Gender Equality and Women’s Right – Key for success of Sustainable Development Goals post-2015
Side event organized by the Women’s Major Group
1:15 ‐ 3 p.m., Bahai’I, 866 UN Plaza
Speakers will include: Welcome by Women’s Major Group; PR of Argentina (tbc); PR of Mexico (tbc); Reflections by Saras Menon; UN Women; Anita Nayar/Katherin Tobyn, UN-NGLS

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