Asia-Pacific countries to identify barriers, take stock of progress on gender equality

Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on the Beijing+25 Review

Almost 25 years on from the adoption of a game changing global agreement to achieve the rights of women and girls - the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, progress on gender equality and women’s empowerment has been slow and uneven across the Asia-Pacific region. Persisting gender norms and stereotypes, as well as limited gender capacities, are among the critical bottlenecks to achieving transformational change, with negative implications to the realization of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on the Beijing+25 Review, organized by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, will provide a platform for more than 500 government and civil society representatives to come together to explore policy options and strategies, including innovative approaches, towards realizing gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls.

Note to Editors: You or your representatives are cordially invited to attend the Ministerial Conference.

What: Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on the Beijing+25 Review
When: 27 – 29 November 2019
Where: United Nations Conference Centre, Rajadamnern Nok Avenue, Bangkok

Key speakers:

Ms. Armida S. Alisjahbana, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ESCAP
Ms. Anita Bhatia, Deputy Executive Director, UN Women
Ms. Dubravka Šimonovic, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women
Ministerial and civil society representatives from over 46 Asia-Pacific countries

Media Highlights:

27 November, 0900 - 1000 Opening Session
27 November, 1200 – 1400 Asia Pacific Commemoration of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence”
27 November, 1715 - 1900 Launch of the Pathways to Influence and Women’s Transformative Leadership Report
28 November, 1230 – 1330 Identifying good practices on Women, Peace and Security across ASEAN
28 November, 1535 – 1700 Realizing gender equality for women and girls in the thematic area of “Environmental conservation, climate action and resilience building”
29 November, 0900 – 1030 Special Event: “The Power of Gender Data: When Young People Think Outside the Box”
29 November, 1100 – 1230 Special Event: “Time is Now: Partnerships and Innovative Financing to Close the Gender Gap”

For the full programme, visit: https://bit.ly/356hiBk

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Interview Requests and Media Enquiries
For individual interview requests with senior UN officials or delegates and other media enquiries, please contact:
Kavita Sukanandan, Public Information Officer, Strategic Communications and Advocacy Section, ESCAP, T: (66) 2288 1869, E: [email protected]
Montira Narkvichien, Regional Communications Specialist, UN Women Asia and the Pacific, T: (66) 2288 1579, M: (66) 8166 88900, E: [email protected]