Media advisory: Generation Equality Forum, Paris


The Generation Equality Forum is the most catalytic global gathering for gender equality held in the last quarter century. Convened by UN Women and co-chaired by the Governments of France and Mexico, with the leadership and participation of youth and civil society, the Forum is a once-in-a-generation moment to advance global gender equality.

You are invited to key sessions of the Generation Equality Forum, Paris, from 30 June to 2 July 2021.

With the COVID-19 pandemic threatening to reverse global progress on gender equality, the Generation Equality Forum in Paris aims to affirm bold gender equality investments, programs, and policies and start a 5-year action journey, based on a Global Acceleration Plan for Gender Equality which will be launched at the Forum. Heads of State and Government, international organizations, civil society, youth, and the private sector will convene in Paris to make tangible commitments to accelerate transformative change.

Members of the media may apply to attend all virtual sessions of the Generation Equality Forum at this link before 27 June at 11:59 p.m. CEST (Paris time). A dedicated press section will give registered journalists access to all press releases, press conferences, replays of sessions and the ability to request interviews with speakers in digital private rooms. Accreditation is also available via the Elysee Press service for a limited number of journalists for the onsite media room in Paris here. Please register before Monday 28 June, 2021 at 10 a.m. CEST (Paris time). There will be the possibility to organize duplex transmission zones near the Carrousel du Louvre.

The three-day event will include an in person opening event for high-level guests as well as over 110 events held by UN Women, the Government of France, young people, civil society, philanthropy, and the private sector. A sequence of “Action Coalition” events will launch commitments and five-year action agendas on topics from Gender-based Violence to Economic Justice and Rights.

Notable attendees in-person and via live link include:

  • Hillary Clinton, Former United States Secretary of State;
  • Kamala Harris, Vice President of the United States
  • Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya
  • Alberto Fernández, President of Argentina
  • Angela Merkel, Germany’s Chancellor
  • Kaïs Saïed, President of Tunisia along with others including
  • Melinda Gates, Co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank
  • Mari Pangestu, Managing Director of the World Bank
  • Nadia Murad, Nobel Peace Prize laureate
  • Darren Walker, President of Ford Foundation
  • Alice P. Albright, Executive Director of the Global Partnership for Education
  • Julieta Martinez, Feminist climate activist

Opening Ceremony, Wednesday 30 June, 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. CEST / 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ET
Hybrid in-person and virtual event held at the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris hosted by the President of the Republic.
Includes remarks by President of France Emmanuel Macron, President of Mexico Andrés Manuel López Obrador, Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Prime Minister of Finland Sanna Marin, Vice President of the United States Kamala Harris, and advocate for women’s rights Hillary Clinton will also make remarks.

You can join the event through registration to the event platform or view live on UN Web TV or via the social media of the Élysée and French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

*Note that the opening ceremony includes opening remarks and commitment announcements, followed by a virtual concert.

*A brief onsite press conference will be held immediately following the opening ceremony at approximately 7:30 p.m. CEST. The press conference will be conducted by Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Minister for Gender Equality, Diversity and Equal Opportunities Elisabeth Moreno. All onsite registered media are invited to attend.

Closing Ceremony, Friday 2 July, 7 – 7:50 p.m. CEST / 1 – 1:50 p.m. ET
Hybrid in-person and virtual event in Paris.
Closing session featuring key announcements and outcomes. You can join the closing session event with prior registration to the event platform. Speakers of the closing ceremony will include French Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian; Mexican Foreign Affairs Minister Marcelo Ebrard; French Minister for Gender Equality, Diversity and Equal Opportunities Elisabeth Moreno; Lopa Banerjee, Executive Coordinator of the Generation Equality Forum, UN Women; Pacific feminist leader Sharon E.R. Bhagwan Rolls (CSAG) and activist Selin Ozunaldin.

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Media registration for the 3-day event is compulsory and closes June 27. To register click here

For onsite media attending the opening ceremony, a confirmation email will be sent to you before Monday, 28 June before 6:00 p.m. CEST with additional logistical information. Therefore, access to the Forum venue will not be possible without this confirmation of accreditation. The ceremony will be broadcasted live, a note detailing the broadcasting channels will be sent to you beforehand. A duplex zone will be available near the Carrousel du Louvre. The number of places of press is limited at the Forum venue. To accredit yourself to this event, within the limits of available places, click here, before Monday 28 June, 2021 at 10 a.m.

For your information, the entire event will be filmed, and the images will be accessible on the event site. Please note that the images will be available in real time on social media.

For information relating to onsite media opportunities in Paris and the hosting of the event by the government of France please contact Margaux Bonnet, Chief of Communications for the Paris Forum, margaux.bonnet[at]

For information relating to UN Women’s role as the event convenor contact[at] and Clare Winterton, Senior Communications Advisor, UN Women, clare.winterton[at]

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