“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 – 13.00:  Opening Segment

    Welcome and Opening Remarks:
  • The Honorable Dr. Helena Dalli, Minister for European Affairs and Equality, the Republic of Malta
  • 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

    Opening Statements
  • United Nations Secretary-General
  • President of the 72nd Session of the General Assembly
  • President of the Economic and Social Council
  • Secretary-General of UNCTAD
  • Executive Director of UNITAR
  • Executive Director of UN Women
  • Director General of UNESCO

    Statements by:
  • Woman in Science: Dr Esraa El-Bably, First Arab Deaf Doctor
  • Girls in Science Spokespersons: Talya Ozdemir and Rebeca Jakogian
  • “He for She” Remarks and Pledges by:
  • Professor Farouk E-Baz
  • HRH Prince Zain El-Hashemite and Abdelwahab Tbeishat

13.00 – 14.45: Lunch Break

15.00 – 18.00: High-Level Panel on:
    Equality and Parity in the Science Policy Interface for Sustainable Development

    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.

Day 2: Friday February 9

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

    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:
  • Women in Peacekeeping Missions
  • The role Women in Science can play in achieving sustainable peace
  • The role of women in writing military doctrine, enabling science to be incorporated into peacekeeping and
    peacebuilding at all levels

Parallel Sessions

Girls in Science for Sustainable Development: Vision to Action

    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
    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

Women in Science and Diplomacy

    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.
    The inclusion of women in science at all levels in international relations will serve national interests of peace,
    prosperity and development – the essence of foreign policy objectives.

    This session will discuss:
  • Outlook on the role of women represented in international affairs
  • Women in science setting of the global agenda
  • Challenges to leadership roles of women in international affairs
  • How women’s leadership can change the state international affairs?
  • How current leaders who are women can mobilize the participation of more women in science?
  • How international affairs stakeholders can reach out to women in science representation from the grass root

Equality and Parity in Economic Empowerment: Multi-stakeholder Engagement

    Women's economic empowerment is a prerequisite for sustainable development and for Achieving the 2030 Agenda.

    This session 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 men”?
  • Is the current international system able to recognize the ability and speed of today’s students to create economic
    value through entrepreneurship?
  • 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?

Women in Science Social Responsibility

    In line with the 2018 High-Level Political Forum, this session will discuss the role women in science can play in
    transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies. The aim of this session is to encourage women in science
    to reach out to their communities, sharing their achievements and their impacts on people's everyday lives, and to listen
    to communities and consider their future work plans from the perspective of the people they serve.  It is also important
    to communicate with the public by: visiting schools, engaging with charitable organizations, giving opportunities for
    youth, etc.  

    The session discussion will focus on 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

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

This Panel will discuss the proposed International Framework and Action Plan Document, followed by interventions from UN
Officials and Dignitaries, representatives of Inter-Governmental Organizations and participants.  It will also include the
presentation of the International Framework and Action Plan to the President of 72nd Session of General Assembly.
Draft Programme Agenda
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