UN forum on women celebrates progress in Asia-Pacific, notes challenges

Nearly 15 years after the landmark United Nations conference on women, countries in Asia and the Pacific have made tangible progress but obstacles and challenges remain, a meeting convened by the world body’s regional arm heard today.

Women business executives have key role in ensuring better world – Ban

Women business executives have a major role to play in helping help to achieve a green economy, safeguard the environment and improve living conditions around the world while at the same time ensuring the profitability of their enterprises, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.

Women must play full part in peace-building, Security Council declares

The Security Council today unanimously urged all countries and international bodies to take further steps to ensure full participation of women in all stages of conflict resolution and peace-building, with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calling it “a top priority for the United Nations.”

Ban calls for boosting women’s participation in peace efforts

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has highlighted the need to strengthen the involvement of women in peace processes worldwide, noting that nine years after the adoption of a landmark United Nations resolution on the issue, obstacles to their full participation remain.

Migiro calls for consolidation of UN efforts for women’s equality

The Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations has urged a speedy consolidation of women’s programmes at the United Nations, in order to intensify efforts for gender equality and women’s political, economic and social empowerment.

African women bear brunt of global crises, warn delegates at UN conference

The global economic, food and climate change crises have hit African women the hardest, a delegation of African and United Nations female officials attending a conference on gender equality cautioned today.