UN: Official hails outcome of forum on empowering women, girls

New York, US (PANA) - Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), on Saturday welcomed the outcome of a two-week meeting in New York which put the empowerment of women and girls at its centre stage.

She described the outcome as a "milestone" towards a transformative global development agenda for women and girls around the world.

PANA in New York, quotes Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka, in a UN statement issued at the end of the 58th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), as saying: "We know that equality for women means progress for all."

She said through the development of a comprehensive roadmap for the future, we have the opportunity to realise this premise and promise.

She noted that the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women had given important impetus to making equality between men and women a reality.

The UN official said that member states had stressed that while the MDGs had advanced progress in many areas, they remained unfinished business as long as gender inequality persisted.

"The clear analysis of Member States on the shortcomings in the design and implementation of the MDGs provides us with valuable guidance as the international community devises a comprehensive post-2015 agenda," she stated.

She also commended the Commission for identifying critical issues that were not sufficiently addressed by the MDGs, such as violence against women and calling for measures to address these.

During its annual session in New York, more than 6,000 representatives of UN member states, UN agencies and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) discussed the challenges and achievements in the implementation of the eight anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) ahead of the 2015 deadline.

They also discussed women and girls' access to education, training, science and technology, as well as women's equal access to full employment and decent work.

This year's meeting of the Commission comes ahead of the 20th anniversary of the landmark Fourth World Conference on Women, held in Beijing in 1995.

The Beijing Declaration and the Platform for Action, adopted unanimously by 189 countries at the conference, is considered the key global policy document on gender equality, addressing critical areas such as women and poverty, violence against women and the human rights of women.
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