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2030 Agenda, CSW, Habitat III

Working under the priority theme “Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work,” thousands of women’s activists gathered in New York from March 14th to 24th for the sixty-first session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61). The Huairou Commission was delighted to welcome delegates from twelve countries of Africa, Europe, and Latin America and the Caribbean. Even though Winter Storm Stella stopped all UN activities for a day, Huairou delegates brought ardent spirit and dedication, meeting all day at the Living Learning Center in Brooklyn to focus on their policy activism and organizing at CSW and beyond.

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Habitat III, Huairou Commission

More than 115 Huairou members and partners from 35 countries will travel to the Habitat III conference in Quito this week, bringing with them expansive expertise in social movements and grassroots change. Our large delegation is primed to ensure that the Habitat III Conference center-stages the diversity of our women’s movement and strengthens our 20 years of work on cities and human settlements.

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2030 Agenda, CSW, Habitat III

New York, NY. The priority theme of the the 60th Session on the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW60), the first following the adoption of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), challenged governments to recognize the importance of the link between empowering women and the achievement of the ambitious ‘Global Goals’. Not only is there a singular SDG dedicated to “Achieve[ing] gender equality and empower[ing] all women and girls,” highlighted as Goal 5, there is no one Goal that can be accomplished without the dedicated inclusion of women into Member States’ implementation and monitoring efforts of each goal. Huairou Commission’s (HC) leadership at CSW60 over its two weeks from 14 to 24 March 2016 brought much needed grassroots women’s voices to into this important conversation.

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2030 Agenda, Habitat III

PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC. Shortly after the Habitat III Africa Regional Meeting, the Habitat III Europe and North America Regional Meeting was held in Prague from 16 to 18 March 2016. Members states, stakeholders and partners worked together at the meeting to produce the outcome Prague Declaration. The regional gathering was preceded by the 14th meeting of the World Urban Campaign (WUC) Steering Committee on the 15th and 16th where WUC’s The City We Need 2.0 draft document was adopted. The City We Need 2.0 will inform the General Assembly of Partners’ input to the zero draft of the New Urban Agenda and details 10 principles of the city the New Urban Agenda should follow. The principles were developed using the results of the 26 Urban Thinkers Campuses throughout the world, of which Huairou Commission co-organised the only four Campuses examining gender and women’s empowerment.

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