Time to turn words into deeds
Ten years have passed since the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. And it is time for action, UNFPA Executive Director Thoraya A. Obaid told the plenary session of the Commission on the Status of Women during the 10-year review of progress in implementing the Beijing Platform for Action.
We are on a journeya journey for equality, development and peace for all women everywhere in the interest of humanity
The challenge we face in 2005 and beyond is to turn these lofty words into deeds. To do this, we need stronger political commitment and partnerships, increased resources, greater capacity, and accountability, she told the group.
On the occasion of International Women's Day, Ms. Obaid also issued a statement strongly reaffirming the Beijing commitments Now is the time to energize efforts to put gender equality at the top of the international peace and development agenda, she said.
These were just two of UNFPA's many inputs into the Beijing at Ten review (see below), including participation in side events on girls' education, gender-based violence, refugees and youth. In addition, Ms. Obaid addressed a high-level event on maternal mortality hosted by UNFPA and WHO and attended by over 100 ministers and first ladies from Africa, the Arab States, Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America.
UNFPA's strong participation in the Beijing at Ten review reflects the centrality of gender equality and women's empowerment to the achievement of the Cairo Consensus the guides the Fund and to the Millennium Development Goals that serve as a framework for international cooperation to reduce poverty and improve lives.