“Equality and Parity in Science for Peace and Development”
8 - 9 February 2018
United Nations Headquarters - New York City

Concept Note and Draft Programme Agenda

Day 1: Thursday February 8

10.00 – 11.00:  Opening Segment
    Moderator: Miss Huaxuan Chen – Canada

  • HRH Princess Dr. Nisreen El-Hashemite, Founder President of Women in Science International League and the
    Executive Director of the Royal Academy of Science International Trust
  • H.E. Mr. Miroslav Lajčák - President of the 72nd Session of the General Assembly
  • H.E. Mr. António Guterres - United Nations Secretary-General
  • Honorable Dr. Helena Dalli, Minister for European Affairs and Equality, the Republic of Malta
  • Woman in Science: Mrs. Hanzade Dogan Boyner, President of the Aydın Dogan Foundation
  • Girls in Science Spokespersons: Talya Ozdemir and Rebeca Jakogian
  • “He for She” Remarks by: HRH Prince Zain El-Hashemite

11.00 – 13.00: High-Level Debate on
    Equality and Parity in the Science Policy Interface for Sustainable Development
  • H.E. Mr. Nikhil Seth, Assisted Secretary-General and Executive Director of UNITAR (Moderator)
  • H.E. Mr. Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary-General of UNCTAD
  • H.E. Dr. Natalia Kanem UNFPA Executive Director

The Panel will discuss:
  • Involving women in science in policy making bodies and promoting them to greater roles in government politics and legislation.
  • Strengthening partnerships between governments and women in science experts.
  • The role of the UN in achieving continuous dialogue between scientists, policymakers and society.
  • Assessment of progress based on international frameworks and data produced by international organizations.
  • Special situations and experiences by countries that can be the most effective measures taken to ensure the parity in science for women
    and girls.
  • Improving the representation of women in science at decision-making levels above the current baseline at the United Nations and its
    entities as well as other Inter-Governmental Organizations.  
  • The inclusion of women and girls in science when UN Member States work on integrating the SDGs and targets into their national plans.  
  • Practical solutions for inclusion of women and girls in science: in relation to policies, institutions, legal instruments and other
    mechanisms, such as statistics and geospatial information management.

    13.00 – 14.45: Lunch Break

15.00 – 18.00: High-Level Panel Discussion on
    Equality and Parity in Economic Empowerment: Multi-stakeholder Engagement

Moderator: Mrs. Hanzade Dogan Boyner, Chairwoman of Hepsiburada Group, Turkey

  • H.E. Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka - Executive Director of UN Women
  • H.E. Mr. Achim Steiner - UNDP Administrator
  • H.E. Ms. Atefe Riazi, Assistant Secretary-General for the Office of Information and Communications Technology, Chief
    Information Technology Officer

The role women in science can play in transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies prerequisite women's economic empowerment.  

This Panel will discuss:
  • How will women, as well as men, overcome poor infrastructure, rigidity of social roles, fewer opportunities to access markets and poor
    business financing?
  • Are the Millenials creating diverse teams of entrepreneurs to overcome the stereotypes that infrastructure development is “better given to
  • Is the current international system able to recognize the ability and speed of today’s students to create economic value through
  • What role are women in science and entrepreneurs playing in economic development?
  • What is the role of women entrepreneurs in supporting scientific research and domestic technology development and innovation?
  • In line with the 2018 High-Level Political Forum, what role are women in science and entrepreneurs playing in SDGs:
  • 6: Access to safe water and sanitation
  • 7: Access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
  • 11: Make cities and human settlement inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable
  • 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
  • 15: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and
    halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

Day 2: Friday February 9

10.00 – 13.00: High-Level Debate on
    Women in Science and Diplomacy for Sustaining Peace and Development

Moderator: H.E. Ambassador Katalin Annamária Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the United Nations

Statements by:
  • H.E. Ms. Amina J. Mohammed - United Nations Deputy Secretary-General
  • H.E. Ms. Audrey Azoulay - Director General of UNESCO
  • H.E. Mr. Jean-Pierre Lacroix - Under Secretary-General of the Department for Peacekeeping Operation

At present day women taking leadership roles in diplomacy still remains an unpopular concept in many parts of the world, but countries are
increasingly inclined to adhere to the trends of modern diplomacy in which men and women are represented equally based on merit and standing.
Further, the area of peacekeeping and peacebuilding has a significant need for science-based contributions in terms of mapping and logistical
support, as well as information and communication technology for "smart cities", disaster relief and land management.
In striving towards equality, peace and prosperity and towards universal sustainable development, we must recognize the role of women in science
in sustaining peace and development. If the SDGs are indivisible and universal, then science must be integral parts of all development policies.

This Panel will discuss:
  • The Role of Women in Science in Peacekeeping Missions and International Affairs.
  • Women in Science setting of the global agenda.
  • How Women in Science leadership can change the state international affairs: Challenges and Opportunities.
  • How current leaders who are women can mobilize the participation of more women in science?
  • How Science, Technology and Innovation can be incorporated into peacekeeping and peacebuilding at all levels including writing
    military doctrine.
  • How international affairs stakeholders can reach out to women in science representation from the grass root level?

Parallel Session

Girls in Science for Sustainable Development: Vision to Action

Chairs: Talya Ozdemir and Rebeca Jakogian
Moderator: Huaxuan Chen
Mentor: Mr. Andrew Muetze

This Session will be convened by young change-makers and passionate girls-in-science advocates from around the world to present their vision on
how they can utilize science to achieve sustainable development goals.  Further, girls in science will experience interacting and debating with UN
Officials, Diplomates, women in science and corporate executives.   
This session will strive to empower, educate and embolden the potential of every girl.  The aim of this session is give girls the opportunity to gain
core leadership skills, training in community-building and advocacy

15.00 – 18.00:  
    Challenges and Opportunities: Recommendations, Conclusion and Closing Segment

This Panel will discuss the proposed Political Declaration by Member States, followed by interventions from UN Officials and
Dignitaries, representatives of Inter-Governmental Organizations and participants.  

Member States Officials adoption and signing of outcome Declaration.  

Closing Remarks:
  • HRH Princess Dr. Nisreen El-Hashemite, Founder President of Women in Science International League and the
    Executive Director of the Royal Academy of Science International Trust
  • The Honorable Dr. Helena Dalli, Minister for European Affairs and Equality, the Republic of Malta
Draft Programme Agenda
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