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International Day of Women and Girls in Science
10.00 - 11.00: Opening Segment
Moderator: Miss Begum Kogar
  • 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. Ms. María Fernanda Espinosa, President of the 73rd Session of the
    General Assembly (tbc)
  • H.E. Mr. António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General (tbc)

Woman in Science: Suhad A. Yasin - Iraq

Girls in Science: Miss Sthuthi Satish (India) and Miss Huaxuan Chen (Canada)

“Y 4 X” Movement Remarks:
  • HRH Prince Zain El-Hashemite
  • Professor Irwin Isquith

11.00 – 13.00:
    High-Level Panel on: Investment in Women and Girls in Science
                                  for Inclusive Green Growth

Science, research and innovation play vital enabling roles in the 2030 Agenda
for Sustainable Development and in transforming society’s prosperity and
economy.   The challenges facing the world’s countries – its prosperity and
economy, creativity, exchange, equity, and opportunity – will be met only if
increased investment in Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) is met.

This Panel will focus on
  • The current public-sector financing of science, the future financing of
    science specifically as it pertains driving inclusive green growth.  
  • Investing in Women in Science to attract and retain high caliber
    researchers and build the capability of existing researchers.
  • Investing in research that aligns to a State’s priorities.
  • Building strategic international partnerships – to increase international
    collaboration in research and development, and to promote increased
    investment in research that strengths economy.
  • Investing in strategic infrastructure – to ensure gender- and community-
    equality in science, research and innovation community as well as
    access to the equipment, facilities and infrastructure needed to
    undertake industry relevant research.

         13.00 – 14.45: Lunch Break

15.00 – 18.00:
                   High-Level Panel on Investment in Science for Inclusive
                           Green Growth: Multi-stakeholder Engagement  

Industry collaboration, entrepreneurship and commercialization – to strengthen
the links between education, research and industry is of importance to improve
translating research into new products and services.  

This Panel will focus on the private sector financing of science & innovation
pipeline, specifically as it pertains driving inclusive green growth

Monday 11 February
10.00 – 12.30:
High-Level Panel on:
       Investment in Science Education for Shaping Society’s Future

Scientists contribute greatly to the economic health and wealth of a nation.
However, worldwide, the levels of participation in science and technology in
school and in post-school education have fallen short of the expectations of
policy-makers and the needs of business, industry, or government.

The continuing concern to find the reasons why young people decide not to
study science and technology is a critical one if we are to solve the underlying
problem.  Furthermore, while science and technology play key roles in today’s
global economy and leveling the playing field among various demographics,
young people particularly girls are turning away from science subjects. Clearly,
raising interest in science among young people is necessary for increasing the
number of future science professionals, as well as, providing opportunities for
all citizens of all countries to understand and use science in their daily lives.

To achieve sustainable development throughout the world, education policy
makers need to allocate high priority and considerable resources to the
teaching of science and technology in a manner that allows students to learn
science in a way that is practiced and experienced in the real world by real
scientists and engineers. Furthermore, to accomplish this goal, sustained
support is needed to increase and improve teacher training and professional
learning for STEM educators. By meeting these two needs, we can better
accomplish the ultimate aim which is to educate the scientists, technologists,
technicians, and leaders on whom future economic development is perceived to
depend over a sustained period of time.

In line with the 2019 High-Level Political Forum, this session will discuss
  • SDG 4 with special focus on Science Education.
  • Reforming the science curriculum to promote learning science the way it
    is practiced and experienced in the real world by real scientists and
  • Providing quality and prepared teachers for every child to include
    increasing the number of women and other underrepresented
    demographic role models for students.
  • Considering how science education provides us with a scientifically
    adept society, one ready to understand, critique and mold the future of
    research, as well as, serving as an integral part of feeding into the
    pipeline for future scientists.
  • Identifying factors influencing participation in science, engineering and
    technology as underrepresented populations including young girls make
    the transition from school to higher education

Parallel Panel
10.00 - 13.00:
       Girls in Science for Sustainable Development: Vision to Action

This Panel 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 Panel will strive to empower, educate and embolden the potential of every
girl.  The aim of this Panel is give girls the opportunity to gain core leadership
skills, training in community-building and advocacy.

In line with the 2019 United Nations High-Level Political Forum, Girls in
Science will focus around:
  • SDG 4 aims to promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. How can
    we improve science education around the world? What resources or
    opportunities would be effective in achieving this goal? And How can we
    use technology to improve science education and opportunities for
    students around the world?
  • Nearly ½ of the world population live in poverty. SDG 8 aims to promote
    sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, full and
    productive employment, and decent work for all. What is the importance
    of STEM for girls and women for economic growth and how do we
    encourage and implement this? What role does science and technology
    play in reducing poverty around the world?
  • SDG 10 aims to reduce inequalities around the world. What are some
    current inequalities that girls are facing and what can be done to
    ameliorate this?
  • Following the Paris Agreement a few years back, climate change has
    become an increasingly discussed topic; SDG 13 focuses on climate
    action. What is the significance of this Sustainable Development Goal
    today and what contribution does women and girls in science make on
    this issue?
  • What is being done in your communities to solve the SDGs in this
    respect? Has it been effective? Why or why not? Would it be effective in
    other countries? What are some issues you or people you know face in
    your country in relation to these concerns?

Chairs: Sthuthi Satish and Huaxuan Chen
Mentor: Andrew Muetze – International Educator, Switzerland
  • HRH Princess Dr. Nisreen El-Hashemite
  • Ms. Chantal Line Carpentier

    13.00 – 14.45: Lunch Break

15.00 – 16.30:

High-Level Session on: The Science of Fashion for Sustainable Development

Fashion embodies human pleasure, creativity, social codes and technologies
that have enabled societies to prosper, laid burdens on the environment and
caused competition for arable land.  No single actor, action nor technology is
sufficient to shift us away from the environmental and social challenges
embedded in the fashion industry - nor to meet the demands for sustainable
development of society at large. However, scientific and technological
developments are important for progress towards sustainable fashion.  This
Panel aims to shed light on the role of science, technology, engineering and
mathematics skills for fashion and sustainability.

16.45 – 18.00: Closing Session
  • Summary of Panels and Sessions by Chairs and Moderators
  • Introducing the International Framework and Action Plan for Member
    States to Approve and Adopt
  • Announcing the Global Fund for Women and Girls in Science
Tuesday 12 February
“Investment in Women in Science for Inclusive Green Growth”
11 - 12 February 2019
United Nations Headquarters - New York City

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