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

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 infinite vision into the future, and
will continue this tradition of measureless services for the benefit of

I also would like to commend H.E. Hon. Dr. Helena. Dalli - the
Minister for Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties of
Malta, 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 citizens.
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Día Internacional de la Mujer y la Niña en la Ciencia
Международный день женщин и девочек в науке
Journée Internationale des Femmes et des Filles de Science
International Day of
Women and Girls in Science
اليوم الدولي للمرأة والفتاة في ميدان العلوم
HRH Prince Adnan El-Hashemite
December 22, 2015
Hon. Dr Helena Dalli
Minister for Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs and Civil
Liberties of Malta.
I am delighted that the Second Conference celebrating the
International Day of Women and Girls in Science is organised
in partnership with the Royal Academy of Science International
Trust and will be held on February 10th at the United Nations

This International Day came thanks to the Partnership between
the Royal Academy of Science International Trust and the
Maltese Government, which worked hand in hand to ensure the
adoption of the Resolution (70/212). Thus including this Day in
the official United Nations Calendar.
The 2017 Day will focus on Gender, Science and Sustainable
Development, with a particular focus on the impact of Media.  In
doing so, to address the empowerment of women and girls in
science and aims to contribute to the Sustainable Development

The Timing of this Conference coincides with the Maltese
Presidency of the European Union and the Maltese Chairing
Office of the Commonwealth.  We want to maximize on this by
linking the work taking place at the United Nations with the work
taking place within the European Union and the Commonwealth.

I thank you for your interest in this event, and I look forward to
meeting you on 10 February 2017 .