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UN Gender Focus: gender equality, SDGs and climate change

UN Gender Focus: gender equality, SDGs and climate change


Geneva takes diplomatic approach to gender equality

Empowering women and girls is a key target of the Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs agreed by world leaders last year; it’s also at the heart of a new campaign to break down gender barriers everywhere. Launched by Michael Møller, head of the UN in Geneva, and Ambassador Pamela Hamamoto of the United States, Geneva Gender Champions calls on influential decision-makers in the Swiss city to promote gender parity at work and in the field. Daniel Johnson spoke to Mr Møller and Ms Hamamoto and began by asking the US ambassador why the issue is so close to her heart.

In Aleppo, Syria, four-year-old Esraa and her brother Waleed, three, sit on the ground near a shelter for internally displaced persons. Photo: UNICEF/UN013175/Al-Issa

Health needs of women and children in conflict zones neglected

The implementation of the SDGs will provide an opportunity to address the needs of women and children in humanitarian settings. That’s according to Her Royal Highness Princess Sarah Zeid of Jordan who is an advocate for maternal and newborn health.The new set of global goals, which officially came into force in January 2016, replaced and expanded upon the Millennium Development Goals, a 15-year agenda to tackle poverty.HRH Princess Sarah Zeid of Jordan spoke to Carmen Cuesta Roca about the why the new set of goals needs to increase its reach women and children in conflict zones.

Future “catastrophic” unless climate action is taken

Mary Robinson. UN Photo/Sylvain Liechti

The world faces a “catastrophic” future unless immediate action is taken to counter the effects of climate change.That’s the opinion of Mary Robinson, the United Nations Envoy for Climate Change, speaking as world leaders gathered at UN headquarters in New York for the signing of the Paris Agreement.The Agreement which was approved by over 190 countries in the French capital last December, aims to bring the rise in global temperatures down to below two degrees Celsius. Cristina Silveiro asked Mary Robinson for her assessment of the importance of the signing ceremony.

Presenter: Janie Cangelosi

Production Assistant: Sandra Guy

Duration: 10'00″

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UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré