ECOSOC president sees gender equality as "vital" to meeting MDGs

08:47, June 29, 2010      

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The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on Monday said it will work to produce "tangible results" in order to tackle "some of the most pressing issues in development."

Current ECOSOC president, Hamidon Ali made the statement in his opening address to the high-level segment of the 2010 ECOSOC Substantive Session, which will run from June 28 to July 2 and tackle issues of development--with a particular focus on gender equality and women's rights.

"The high-level segment must therefore not only be a forum for the exchange of views and experiences, but also must produce tangible results. Results which are understood by the public at large. In the end, all of us are judged in the court of public opinion," said Ali.

Ali, who also serves as the Malaysian ambassador to the United Nations, said issues of gender equality are "vital" meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The MDGs are eight development targets, which UN member states committed to achieving by 2015.

"Despite this increasing awareness everywhere, women and girls today face gender-based discrimination. While MDG-3 relates directly to the empowerment of women, all MDGs are dependent upon women having a greater say in their own development," said Ali.

"Nowhere else is the mutual interdependence between human rights and development stronger than in the issue of gender," he added.

At the close of the high-level session, members of the ECOSOC will adopt a Ministerial Declaration to articulate policy decisions for promoting women's rights and development.

Ali urged all ECOSOC delegations to produce a policy that can be understood by the public as a "collective expression of the international community."

"Instead of an avalanche of words which bury us all, we must have a flood of results."

Source: Xinhua


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