Forum Program

 

Monday, 3 November

All sessions in room XVII

12:00 – 15:00 Welcome & Registration
15:00 – 16:00 Opening ceremony
Master of Ceremony: Simone Ovart, Forum Co-chair; Representative to the UN ZONTA Intl.

  • Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director, UN Women (video message) See the video on YouTube
  • Ms. Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, NGO CSW Geneva President; Forum Chair; General Secretary World YWCA – Statement
  • Mr. Michael Møller, Acting Director-General, UN Office Geneva – Statement
  • Mr. François Longchamp, President of the State Council for the Canton of Geneva
  • Ms. Monika Linn, Principal Advisor UN ECE  – Statement
  • Ms. Ursula Funk, Senior Advisor, Swiss Agency for Development & Cooperation –  Statement
  • Ms. Sascha Gabizon, Executive Director, Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF); Elected Representative, Women’s Major Group (WMG)

Musical Interlude

  • Ms. Nihan Atalay, Flutist; Associate professor at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts State University,  Istanbul
16:00 – 17:00 act | advance | achieve women’s rights – Where we stand in the UN ECE Region
Critical overview – Sub-regional realities
Moderator: Ms. Ingibjorg Gisladottir, UN Women Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia

    • Ms. Malinka Koparanova, Senior Social Affairs Officer & Gender focal point, UN ECE – Powerpoint
    • Ms. Joanna Maycock, General Secretary, European Women’s Lobby
    • Ms. Kinga Lohmann, Founder & Executive Director, the Karat Coalition
    • Ms. Anna Arganashvili, Project Manager, Partnership for Human Rights, Georgia
    • Ms. Monika Kocaqi, Freelance expert in Gender Responsive Budgeting & Gender Based Violence, Albania – Powerpoint
    • Ms. Barbara Byers, Secretary-Treasurer, Canadian Labour Congress
17:00 – 18:15 A Call for Transformation

  • Keynote by Dr. Ervin Laszlo, Founder of the Club of Budapest, President of the E. Laszlo Center for Advanced Studies; Philosopher of science and systems theorist, Editor of World Futures: the Journal of a new paradigm research; Advisor to the UNESCO Director General; Twice nominated for the Nobel Prize – Video of Dr Lazlo’s speech – See also Dr Lazlo’s TedTalk –

Women’s Rights: A Power to Create Change
Moderator: Ms. Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, NGO CSW Geneva President; Forum Chair; General Secretary World YWCA

  • Ms. Paivi Kannisto, Senior Gender Advisor, Government of Finland
  • Mr. Patrick Taran, President, Global Migration Policy Associates
  • Ms. Selma Acuner, International Relations Coordinator, Women’s Coalition – Turkey;UN Women-GCSAG member
  • Ms. Meliya Asanova, Director, “Independent Life” Assistance Center for People with Disabilities
  • Ms. Katja Iversen, CEO, Women Deliver, USA

From 18:45 Reception at the Palais Ariana, sponsored by the City of Geneva

  • Welcome Remarks by Martine Brunschwig Graf, former National Councillor and former President of the State Council of Geneva

Tuesday, 4 November

16 Interactive Roundtables are planned for this second day, including one on each of the 12 critical areas of concern of the Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA) and 4 Interactive Roundtables on emerging or cross-cutting issues – listed below.

8:00 – 9:00 Information & Registration
9:00 – 9:30 Introductory Session – Room XVIIGreeting messages from NGO Committee on the Status of Women New York & Vienna

  • Ms. Soon Young Yoon, President, NGO CSW New York; UN Representative IAW
  • Ms. Ilona Graenitz, President, NGO CSW Vienna; UN Representative IFUW

Introduction on to the Interactive Roundtables & Organization of Work

  • Ms. Elly Pradervand, Chair, TF Beijing+20 / Substantive Issues, NGO CSW Geneva; Founder & CEO WWSF
9:30 – 11:00 Interactive Roundtables on 2 critical areas of concern and 2 emerging issues
In Parallel Sessions
1) Women and Poverty – Room XXIII – Detailed program
2) Education and Training of Women – Room XVII – Detailed program
i) Human Rights and Migrant Women – Room IX – Detailed program
ii) Science, Technology & Innovation for the Advancement of Women
– Room XI – Detailed program
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break
11:30 – 13:00 Interactive Roundtables on 3 critical areas of concern and an emerging issue
In Parallel Sessions
4) Violence against Women – Room XVII – Detailed program
6) Women and the Economy
– Room XXIII – Detailed program
10) Women and the Media
– Room IX – Detailed program
iii) Older Women
– Room XI – Detailed program
13:00 – 14:30 Lunch Break
14:30 – 16:00 Interactive Roundtables on 4 critical areas of concern
In Parallel Sessions – Rooms XVII, XXIII, IX & XI
3) Women and Health – Room XXIII – Detailed program
7) Women in Power and Decision-Making – Room XI – Detailed program
8) Institutional Mechanisms for the Advancement of Women
– Room IX – Detailed program
9) Human Rights of Women
– Room XVII – Detailed program
16:00 – 16:30 Coffee break
16:30 – 18:00 Interactive Roundtables on 3 critical areas of concern and an emerging issue
In Parallel Sessions – Rooms XVII, XXIII, IX & XI
5) Women and Armed Conflict – Room iX – Detailed program
11) Women and the Environment – Room XXIII – Detailed program
12) The Girl-child – Room XI – Detailed program
iv) Men and Boys for Gender Equality – Room XVII – Detailed program
From 18:00 Free evening

Wednesday, 5 November

All sessions will take place in room XVII

9:00 – 10:00 The future women and girls need: how can we make it happen?
Panel & Interactive Discussion
Moderator: Ms. Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, President NGO CSW Geneva; General Secretary World YWCA

  • Ms. Lakshmi Puri, UN Women Deputy Executive Director, Intergovernmental Support and Strategic Partnerships Bureau & Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations – Statement
  • Ms. Kristin Engvig, Founder & CEO, Women’s International Networking (WIN) –  Powerpoint
  • Ms. Jensine Larsen, CEO & Founder, World Pulse
  • Ms. Alanna Armitage, Director, UNFPA Office in Geneva
  • H.E. Ms. Elissa Golberg, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations in Geneva
10:00 – 10:30 Coffee break
10:30 – 11:30 Key conclusions & recommendations from the Interactive Roundtables
Presentation & Interactive Discussion

  • Ms. Manjit Dosanjh, Chair TF Beijing+20 / Editorial Committee; UN Representative for IFUW
  • Ms. Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, President NGO CSW Geneva; General Secretary World YWCA
11:30 – 12:30 Closing ceremony
Master of Ceremony: Simone Ovart, Forum Co-chair; Representative to the UN ZONTA Intl.

  • Ms. Tarja Halonen, former President of the Republic of Finland
  • Mr. Reinout Vos, Deputy Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of the Netherlands; Chair UNECE
  • Ms. Jane Connors, Director, Research and Right to Development Division, OHCHR
  • Ms. Ingibjorg Gisladottir, UN Women Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia
  • Ms. Nyaradzayi Gumbozanda, President NGO CSW Geneva & Forum Chair, General Secretary World YWCA

Forum Theme Song: “Maybe It’s You”
Music by Julia Goldsby; Lyrics by Robin Goldsby

Performed by
  • Ms. Julia Goldsby, FAWCO Youth Ambassador
  • Ms. Robin Goldsby, FAWCO Cultural Ambassador
Afternoon session
15:00-17:00
Advocacy / Lobby Session for participants attending the UN ECE meeting
Room XXIII – Detailed program

  • Ms. Elly Pradervand, Founder & CEO, Women’s World Summit Foundation (WWSF)
  • Ms. Sonia Heptonstall, UN Main Representative, Solar Cookers International (SCI)
  • Mr. Hamish Jenkins, Sr. Program Office, United Nations Non-governmental Liaison Service (NGLS)
  • Ms. Pierrette Pape, Policy Officer and Project Coordinator, European Women’s Lobby (EWL)
  • Carolina Rodriguez, Head of International Geneva Perception Change Project, Office of the UN Director General