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MDGs#3:
Project director: Bircan ÜNVER,
Main Representative of The Light Millennium to the
Department of Public Information of the United Nations
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Prepared by: Sirin CENGIZALP, Project Assistant, The Light Millennium.

GOAL 3: PROMOTE GENDER EQUALITY AND EMPOWER WOMEN
"No society can be happy one if it is not inclusive.
"
unga_ban_ki_moon* OMAN * ESTONIA * REPUBLIC OF AZERBAIJAN * BELGIUM * SAMOA *SERBIA
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Countries included in this section:
* NEPAL
* SWAZILAND
* SWITZERLAND
* NIGERIA
* REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA
* UZBEKISTAN
* BHUTAN
* QATAR
* LAO PEOPLE’S DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC
* MALAWI

Secretary General of the United Nations Ban ki_Moon formed the "UN Women" Initiative in support of the MDGs#3 that
supported by the member states of the United Nations.


Millennium Development Goals – Summit 2010, United Nations, New York City
20 September 2010


"UN Women will contribute to the consolidation of international efforts in achieving
the goals of equality and advancement for all women.”

Below quotes are selected based on the given speeches by the member states of the United Nations on the “Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women” within the context of the MDGs Summit-2010.
-For the full statements of the MDGs Debate on September 20, 2010.


NEPAL
-Hon. Bhim Bahadur Rawal, Minister for Home Affairs and the Leader of the Nepalese Delegation at the High-level Plenary Meeting of the 65th Session of the United Nations General Assembly on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
New York 20 September 2010

“Accelerated efforts will be required to achieve some of the targets in MDG 2 and 3. But, we confront significant challenges in meeting the targets of full and productive employment and decent work for all, universal access to reproductive health, sustainable access to improved sanitation and some other key targets under MDG 7.

Some of our successful national programs include, partnership for poverty eradication, community management of schools and forests; education related incentives for girl children from poor, marginalized and disadvantaged communities; adult literacy campaigns; provisions of social security; targeted development programs, immunization and maternal health related programs and progressive realization of the rights of women, including right to reproductive health.”


UN WOMEN

65th Session of the General Assembly
-Hon. Bhim Bahadur Rawal, Minister for Home Affairs of Government of Nepal and the leader of the Nepalese Delegation at the Sixty-Fifth Session of the United Nations General Assembly - New York 27 September 2010

“...We also welcome and strongly support the establishment of the UN Women, as a single consolidate entity to deal with issues pertaining to gender equality and empowerment of women.”

SWAZILAND
-His Majesty King Mswati III Head of State of the Kingdom of Swaziland to the 65th Session of the United Nations High-level Plenary Meeting on the Millennium Development Goals - Monday, 20th September 2010 New York
General Assembly

Statement by His Majesty King Mswati III, Head of State of the Kingdom of Swaziland at the General Debate of the 65th Session of the United Nations General Assembly
New York 25 September 2010

“The Kingdom continues to promote equality in all sectors of our development spheres. We therefore welcome the recent establishment of the new United Nations gender entity, namely UN-Women. Women, the world over, continue to play key roles in contributing to the socio-economic and political development of our nations.”

SWITZERLAND
- Swiss Statement presented by H.E. Mrs. Micheline Calmy-Rey, Federal CouncillorGeneral Assembly 65th Session, High-level Plenary Meeting Integrated and coordinated implementation of and follow-up to the outcomes of the major United Nations conferences and summits in the economic, social and related fields; and Follow-up to the outcome of the Millennium Summit,
New York, 20 September 2010

“Perhaps, Mr. President, Ladies and Gentlemen, we have underestimated the importance of human rights in the Millennium Goals. Their achievement requires an effort of inclusiveness encompassing all social groups. However, in many cases, many people are excluded or marginalized, mostly women and minorities. Respect for human rights, non-discrimination, and the right to participate in the political, economic and social life of the country are absolutely vital, if we want to achieve the Millennium Goals.”

NIGERIA
- Statement On Behalf of: H.E. President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, On the Nigeria and the Millennium Development Goals: Progress Towards 2015 By Professor C.O. Onyebuchi Chukwu, Honourable Minister of Health, At the High Level Plenary Meeting of the 65th Session of the United Nations General Assembly to review the Millennium Development Goals - New York, 20-22 September 2010

“Tangentially, there has been a gradual improvement in the proportion of girls enrolled in primary school, but not enough to meet set targets. Equally, although few women currently hold political office, the implementation of a new policy framework is poised to address critical issues in the area of gender equality and women empowerment.”

REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA
- H.E. Mr. Victor Bodiu, Minister of State, at the High-level Plenary Meeting of the Sixty-Fifth Session of the General Assembly on the Millennium Development Goals - New York, 20 September 2010

“We achieved positive results in gender mainstreaming, combating trafficking in persons and domestic violence as well as women representation in decision making.

The Government will devote more efforts in making vital services more accessible mainstreaming respect for human rights into Governmental actions and building a long term sustainable strategic vision for growth.”

General Assembly
- H.E. Mr. Alexandru Cujba, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Moldova to the United Nations at the General Debate of the Sixty-Fifth Session of the United Nations General Assembly - New York 29 September 2010

“We express our solidarity with the appeals articulated during various UN fora to invest more in advancement of women and we support the Secretary General’s Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health. Likewise, we are confident that the new entity ‘UN Women’ will contribute to the consolidation of international efforts in achieving the goals of equality and advancement for all women.”

UZBEKISTAN
-by H.E. Mr. Islam Karimov, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, at the Plenary Session of the UN Millennium Development Goals Summit - New York, September 20, 2010

“Today 48 percent of all employed in the country are women.”

BHUTAN
- by H.E. Dasho Daw Penjo, Foreign Secretary, Royal Government of Bhutan at the General Debate of the 65th Session of the United Nations General Assembly

“The creation of UN Women effectively consolidate all the existing mandate and functions relating to women and constitutes an important step in fulfilling the commitments undertaken in the Fourth World Conference on Women held in Beijing. We are confident that this agency will address the global issues for gender equality and women’s empowerment with great vigor.

Bhutan has long been convinced that no society can be happy one if it is not inclusive. Promoting the conditions that will enable the pursuit of Gross National Happiness by all our citizens, so that they, regardless of race, sex, language, religion, politics, or other status, may enjoy a good quality of life in a progressive and prosperous country is not only one of the objectives of government, it is our moral obligation.

This spirit is further reaffirmed by our Constitution, which guarantees the fundamental rights of all Bhutanese, demonstrating that Bhutan is committed to building an inclusive society, one that enables all Bhutanese, including those with disabilities, to lead fulfilling lives, to contribute, and to participate as full members of society. My government was, therefore, particularly pleased to sign the UN Convention on the Rights of Person with Disabilities on 21st September 2010.


QATAR
- by His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar, the High-Level of the United Nations General Assembly on the Millennium Development Goals

“To achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women, the State has eliminated the disparity between the sexes in the various stages of education, which has led to increased rates of enrolment in favor of females at all levels of education. The State has also eliminated gender disparities in access to employment.”

LAO PEOPLE’S DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC
- by H.E. Mr. Choummaly Sayasone, President of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic at the MDGs Summit 2010

“Likewise, the status of women in general has become more prominent as indicated by the 25% representation of woman parliamentarians in the National Assembly.”


MALAWI
- by His Excellency Ngwazi Professor Bingu Wa Mutharika, President of the Republic of Malawi and Chairman of the African Union on 2010 Malawi MDGs Progress Report

“Malawi has achieved considerable progress in the promotion of gender equality and women empowerment. More women hold high positions such as Vice President of the country, the Attorney General, and Heads of other important government institutions, Cabinet positions and ambassadorial postings. The country is constructing and expanding girls boarding facilities in secondary schools, teacher training encouraging girls to pursuer education in fields that have traditionally been dominated by men, and taking affirmative action to increase women in decision making positions in the public and private sectors.”

SERBIA
- by H.E. Mr. Boris Tadic, President of the Republic of Serbia


“In these difficult economic times, we have placed a premium on expanding the social safety-net. The enforcement of equality of opportunity, gender equality and the empowerment of women and minorities is being emphasized, and we have re-doubled efforts to ensure pensions and savings are protected by maintaining macroeconomic stability.”

SAMOA
- by Honorable Tuila’epa Sailele Malielegaoi, Prime Minister of the Independent State of Samoa


“Samoa recognizes that gender equality, the empowerment of women, and women’s full enjoyment of all human rights are essential to economic and social development, including the achievement of all MDG’s. The empowerment of women through increased representation in parliament will continue be a challenge, given existing social structures; however we have set out under MDG 3 the reality of the situation of Samoan women.”

BELGIUM
- H.E. Yves LETERME, Prime Minister of Belgium

“United Nations reports show how gender disparities are at the very heart of the inequality issue. Inequality in education, inequality in access to decent work, inequality in the benefits of health care, with this alarming fact that only one out of three rural women in developing countries receive the recommended care during pregnancy.

Tackling inequalities therefore is the priority amongst priorities. This is not only a matter of fairness. It is also a matter of sound economic management. For, indeed, low levels of inequality tend to be correlated with higher rates of economic growth.”

REPUBLIC OF AZERBAIJAN
- R.E. Mr, Elmar Mammadyarov Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan

The consistent measures, such as the adoption and realization of the National Action Plan on Woman Affairs, Presidential Decree on the Realization of Woman Policy, the establishment of the State Committee on Family, Woman and Child Affairs and many others, laid the firm legal and institutional foundation for the achievement of gender equality, provision of secondary and higher education for women, equality in salaries and wide involvement of women to the decision making process. There have been increase in women's representation in the parliament and government bodies.”

ESTONIA
- by Mr. Urmas Paet, Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs


“Gender equality and empowerment of women continue to be the core prerequisites for achieving all the other MDGs. As part of our efforts in this regard, we have launched several bilateral projects in our priority countries. For example, Afghanistan we have focused on improving the health of women and girls.”

Estonia advocated the incorporation of the gender dimension into all UN activities. I welcome the historical consensus achieved just a few months ago on the establishment of UN Women - the Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. I note with satisfaction the entity's positive impact on strengthening the UN's ability to address the gaps in UN activities on gender as well as support countries in promoting gender equality. I would like to congratulate Ms. Michelle Bachelet on her appointment and hope for her strong leadership in making the entity fully operative as of 1 January 201 1. For this purpose, Estonia has already decided to make its first contribution to UN-WOMEN.”


OMAN
- by H.E. Sayyid Badr Bin Hamad Al-Busaidi, State Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Sultanate of Oman and Head of the Omani Delegation

“Promotion of women to numerous leadership positions in our society has provided a meritocratic example following the basic principle of equality.”

-For the full statements of the MDGs Debate on September 20, 2010.

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