Press Centre 2009/09/24: General Information

Global consultation on Gender Equality in Istanbul

UNICEF çalışanları cinsiyet eşitliği için toplandılar

ISTANBUL, 9th February 2010 —A diverse group of UNICEF colleagues is gathering this week in Istanbul for the first Global Consultation on Gender Equality.

Specialists in health, nutrition, education and child protection, social policy experts, operations and supply managers and programme officers, consisting of 34 country offices, all 7 regions and 15 Country Representatives, will engage in dialogue and plan the way forward for UNICEF to become a champion of gender equality.

A series of new tools will be presented throughout the meeting. “This might very well be one of the most exciting aspects of the Istanbul Consultation,” says Ms. Ayoub von Kohl Principal Adviser on Gender Equality. “Regions and divisions will be presenting much-called for tools to support gender mainstreaming in UNICEF country programmes. Case studies and good practices will also be used to explore new partnerships and build on innovations to achieve organizational excellence in gender equality.”

The UNICEF Global Consultation is particularly timely. The year 2010 represents, in many respects, a crossroads of events in the history of gender equality, many of which will be revisited this year. Among these are the 15-year Review of the Implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action, the ECOSOC 2010 Annual Ministerial Review on Gender Equality and the Advancement of Women, and the U.N. General Assembly’s 10-year review of the implementation of the Millennium Declaration and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Meanwhile, a new U.N. Gender Entity is planned to be established in September 2010.

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