June events hosted by UN City agencies

UN City Communication, 1 June 2021

Three agencies in UN City welcome you to their public online events this month.

3 June, 14.30-15.30 CET Let’s Talk About Sex: Bodily Autonomy and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights – A Corner Stone of Gender Equality (UNFPA)

A woman’s right to decide on her own life and body is a corner stone of gender equality and of sustainable development. However, despite this being the 21st century, women’s right to choose is still a battle field across the globe.

Every two minutes a woman dies from complications in pregnancy or childbirth, many from unsafe abortions; every week thousands of girls are going through female genital mutilation; every year more than 225 million adolescent girls and women of reproductive age have an unmet need for family planning.

The Nordic Welfare States embraces equality and reproductive choice and the Nordics have historically been front runners on bodily autonomy and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).

This High-Level, virtual Nordic Talk, is aligned with the Generation Equality Forum and its action coalition of Bodily Autonomy and SRHR, and it is going to ‘act to inspire and inspire to act’ for gender equality around the globe.

Do not miss the intro by Emtithal (Emi) Mahmoud – two time World Champion Poet, Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR and one of BBC’s 100 Most Inspirational Women

Followed by a debate between:

• Dr. Natalia Kanem, Executive Director, UNFPA;

• Flemming Møller Mortensen, Danish Minister for International Development
and Nordic Cooperation;

• Natasha Wang Mwansa, Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights Expert

• Moderated by Katja Iversen, Dane of the Year in Denmark (2018) and former CEO of Women Deliver.

More information and registration here.

8 June, 15.30-16.30 CET: In a Rich (Wo)man’s World: Women’s Economic Justice and Empowerment as a Driver of Prosperity for All (UN Women)

Evidence shows that people and the economy would be better off, if there were more gender diversity.

Investing in women’s leadership, equal pay, land ownership for women, access to financial services, credit, resources is not only the right thing to do from a human rights perspective, itis also the smart thing to do from an economic perspective.

Both the public and the private sector play a crucial role in getting to a more gender equal workplace and society at large. Both sectors can drive change by championing and investing in the whole value chain – whether it is through equal pay, fair and equal living wage, women in leadership, sourcing from women owner businesses, as well as bigger systemic and legal changes.

Many companies are still reluctant to embrace SDG 5. In this Nordic Talk we will have a conversation about how economic justice and women’s equal economic participation is a driver of prosperity for all – and also what role companies can play to speed it up.

This virtual Nordic Talk is aligned with the Generation Equality Forum, and it is going to ‘act to inspire and inspire to act’ for gender equality around the globe.

Do not miss the intro by Girl Be Heard followed by a debate between:

• Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women

• Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde, Sweden

• COO & Deputy Director General Thomas Bustrup, Confederation of Danish Industry

• Moderator: Katja Iversen, Dane of the Year in Denmark (2018) and former CEO of Women Deliver.

More information and registration here.

15 June, 15.00 – 17.00 PM CET: Flexibility services in the zero-emission smart grid: market models, regulations, actors and technologies (UNEP DTU Partnership)

This webinar explores the role of different actors, regulations and market models, and digital data and technologies in the provision of flexibility in energy demand that is so critical for the transition to a zero-emission energy system and smart grid characterised by high shares of volatile renewable energy resources.

In line with the focus on institutional change and transitions management of the ISGAN Annex 7 Smart Grid Transitions programme, the webinar will discuss the importance of innovations within and linkages between these central building blocks – actors, institutions and technologies – for a clean energy transition that also ensures citizen engagement, fairness and cost effectiveness.

Experts from research and industry will share their knowledge and experience from projects in Europe and the Nordic countries regarding these topics, and there will be ample time for comments, questions and discussion.

More information and registration here.

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