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Session 5: Towards a Sustainable Future – Gender Equality in Inclusive Societies

Session 5: Towards a Sustainable Future – Gender Equality in Inclusive Societies

With 2015 slowly coming to a close, it is the perfect time to look back on the Millenium Declaration (2000), and its implications for the creation of a truly inclusive global society, based on a synthesis of peace, security, development and human rights. Gender, as an aspect which permeates all the Millenium Development Goals certainly represents one of the key challenges to any society lacking a more equitable distribution of social and material resources.

The question posed to this panel is: How can gender become a mainstay for the development of future societies, and how do international stakeholders see their role in attaining this goal? Perhaps some of the answers to this question lie in the different approaches taken to the issue.

As the world becomes more interconnected, it is in these overlappings of international stakeholders’ policy and vision that we can see a new world emerging, and gender will be one of the key parameters when measuring future development.

Discussion topics:

1. How does gender equality contribute to development?

2. What stands in the way of a truly inclusive society?

3. What is the difference between the EU and the UN approach towards development?

4. In what way is the post-MDG agenda complementary to the European integration process?


Shelley Inglis‚ Head of the Governance and Peace-building Team, UNDP

Simona Miculescu‚ Director, UN Office in Belgrade

Elisabeth Nauclér‚ Member of Parliament, Parliament of Finland

Wallace Chwala‚ Winner of the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) and Brookings Institution Speech-writing Contest of the Secretary General of the United Nations

Moderator: Irena Vojáčková-Sollorano‚ UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Serbia