I welcome today’s adoption of the resolution on the “International Day of Women and Girls in Science”. It demonstrates the continuing resolve
and commitment of Member States to eliminate gender inequality in science, employment, opportunities and education.

By calling for an International Day of Women and Girls in Science, the General Assembly is positioning itself to address concerns that require
the deliberative, multilateral authority of the Assembly for effective implementation and follow-through.

Together, we must prioritize quality, equity and parity in science, empower women in science, and provide comprehensive assistance and
empowerment to transforming the world in dignity and peace by eliminating the gender disparity in science education at all levels.

Ensuring the full and equal participation of women in science in implementing the 2030 Agenda is important in "Transforming our World" to:
End poverty in all its forms everywhere; to achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture; to Ensure healthy
lives and promote well-being for all at all ages; to Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning; for building the
low carbon, climate resilient, green and inclusive economies and societies of the future; and last but not least to Achieve transformation based
on peace, stability, inclusion, and partnerships.

I would like to commend RASIT’s team particularly the Executive Director HRH Princess Dr Nisreen El-Hashemite and RASIT’s Representative
to the UN Mr. Richard Jordan, principles of integrity, teamwork, leadership as well as commitment and dedicated efforts to help empowering
women in science.  For more than 47 years, RASIT is at the heart of Science Education Economy Arts & Sustainable Development with an
infinitive vision into the future, and will continue this tradition of measureless services for the benefit of mankind.

I also would like to commend H.E. Hon. Dr. Helena. Dalli - the Minister of Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties for the principles
of excellence, commitment and dedicated efforts supporting Women in Science worldwide.  I, also, would like to express our sincere thanks to
the Mission of Malta at the United Nations for their tireless efforts and work, and the member states co-sponsored the resolution for the
flexibility and the constructive spirit which they have displayed during the negotiations leading to this important outcome.

Further, I would like to thank the four million women and men of goodwill who pledged in support of the resolution, as well as civil society
groups and organizations which have championed past initiatives on women, science and education.

I note with appreciation the important work underway within the United Nations system, including the initiatives of the UN Women.

Today, we are reaffirming our collective resolve to work together to bridge the world through collaboration and partnership from which all
humanity will benefit.  

The International Day of Women and Girls in Science will directly influence the perception of women in science for sustainable development
and elevate the contributions of women in science, past, present and future that equitably reflects the aspirations and ambitions of all global
HRH Prince Adnan El-Hashemite
December 22, 2015
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