East Africa News : Regional Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue and Launch of the EAC Gender Barometer

East Africa News : Regional Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue and Launch of the EAC Gender Barometer

[Source EASSI 11 September 2017] On 3rd and 4th May 2017, various stakeholders on gender Equality in the East African Community and beyond converged in Kampala, Uganda to witness the launch of the 1st ever Gender Barometer and also discuss the findings under the theme “Who Answers to Women? Taking stock of implementation of Gender Equality Commitments in East Africa”. It was launched by The Director for Gender and Community Development - Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Ms. Sanyu Jane Mpagi. In answering the question, “who answers to women?” Ms. Sanyu…Read more
Micronesian Women’s Conference: It’s Time for Substantive Action

Micronesian Women’s Conference: It’s Time for Substantive Action

  [source : SPC 11 August, 2017] The first of its kind three day Micronesian Women’s Conference was held at the University of the South Pacific’s Long Island Campus in Majuro, this week. The Conference was an initiative of the President of Marshall Islands, Honourable Dr Hilda Heine, and was organised by the Government of the Marshall Islands in partnership with Women United Together Marshall Islands (WUTMI), a local non-government organisation, with technical assistance from the Pacific Community (SPC) and financial assistance from Australia, EU and the Republic of China (Taiwan). Women leaders…Read more
UN Conference Adopts Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapons

UN Conference Adopts Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapons

The remains of the Prefectural Industry Promotion Building, later preserved as a monument - known as the Genbaku Dome - at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial. UN Photo (Source WURN) 7 July 2017 – Countries meeting at a United Nations conference in New York today adopted the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, the first multilateral legally-binding instrument for nuclear disarmament to have been negotiated in 20 years. “The treaty represents an important step and contribution towards the common aspirations of a world without nuclear weapons,” the spokesperson for Secretary-General António Guterres said following its adoption. “The Secretary-General…Read more
UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) 61st Session Agreed Conclusions

UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) 61st Session Agreed Conclusions

  The 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) took place at the UN Headquarters in New York from 13 -2 4 March 2017.  The meeting took place at a critical juncture in the changing global political landscape and key challenges to gender equality, the women's empowerment agenda and Civil Society Organisation (CSO) representation were very evident.  In effect, CSW 61 was viewed as a litmus test of the strength of international political commitment in the face of gains secured, especially between the 2012 t0 2016 period.     It was…Read more
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with civil society as Paris Agreement on climate change enters into force

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with civil society as Paris Agreement on climate change enters into force

The Paris Agreement to address climate change, adopted by world leaders last December at the Climate Conference in Paris (COP21), officially entered into force on 4 November.  To commemorate this historic day, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon invited representatives of civil society organizations to a 45-minute meeting with him at UN Headquarters in New York. This meeting provided civil society groups with the opportunity to share with the Secretary-General how their organizations will contribute to the objectives of the Paris Agreement, as well as their visions and concerns. The Executive Office of the Secretary-General…Read more