World conferences highlight need for global change
From delivering more effective aid to empowering women, global leaders are taking action
Hot-button international development issues are in the spotlight this month at The Women Deliver Conference and the World Humanitarian Summit.
Women Deliver, which is on until May 19 in Copenhagen, Denmark, is highlighting progress being made in maternal, sexual and reproductive health and rights for women around the world. More than 70 speakers are discussing education, economic empowerment, gender-based violence, maternal newborn health and more.
“Investing in girls and women is crucial for a sustainable future for all,” said Kristian Jensen, Danish Minister for Foreign Affairs, noting the importance of the conference. “It is my hope the conference will help put concrete action behind the new Sustainable Development Goals to create real improvements for girls’ and women’s health and rights.”
Meanwhile, in Istanbul, Turkey the first World Humanitarian Summit in the United Nation’s (UN) 70 years will run from May 23 to 24. It was conceived to re-inspire a commitment to humanitarian principles. Among side events and special sessions, roundtables will include commitments from high-level stakeholders to invest in humanity, deliver aid to end need, achieve gender equality and more.
“In too many countries, conflicts are destroying lives and ruining economies. Civilians suffer horrific acts of violence and brutality in violation of international laws and norms,” said Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, UN, ahead of the summit. “The World Humanitarian Summit is a unique opportunity to generate the momentum for change and send a message of solidarity and support to the 125-million people in immediate crisis.”