We have all watched with concern the rapid increase in the numbers of people all over the world, affected by the COVID-19 disease. The WHO has, on March 11th, 2020, characterized the outbreak of this disease as a pandemic and has called for a comprehensive, all-of-society strategy to prevent infections, save lives and minimize impact.
In light of the current global COVID-19 situation, the timelines of the convening of the Generation Equality Forum are being reviewed.
On the occasion of Equality Week in France, Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic, met in Paris with Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, on Monday, 2 March 2020.
The meeting provided an opportunity to take stock of the progress made in the preparation of the Generation Equality Forum, a global multi-stakeholder gathering for gender equality . Convened by UN Women and co-chaired by France and Mexico, in partnership with civil society, the Forum will be kicked-off on 7-8 May 2020 in Mexico City and it will culminate in Paris from 7 to 10 July 2020.
On 26-28 February, members of the governance structure of the Generation Equality Forum together with select representatives from civil society, partner states, UN agencies, the private sector – including philanthropic organizations – and feminist and youth-led organizations, gathered in Paris for an intensive three-day session designed to further the agenda of the upcoming Generation Equality Forum in Mexico City and Paris.
UN Women Deputy Executive Director, Anita Bhatia, attended the Paris Peace Forum, an international event on global governance issues and multilateralism, on 12 November, to discuss the upcoming 2020 Generation Equality Forum. The Forum is a civil society–centred, multi-stakeholder, global gathering for gender equality, convened by UN Women and co-hosted by the governments of Mexico and France.
In 2020, the world will mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women and adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action the most visionary agenda for women’s rights and empowerment everywhere.
From young gender equality advocates to high-ranking government officials, key stakeholders from North America, Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia called for the urgent realization of women’s and girl’s human rights and for turning the commitments to gender equality into reality.
UN Women’s campaign aims to accelerate gender equality actions and mark the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the most visionary agenda for women’s rights and empowerment everywhere.