Your Guide to UNGA 2018 – Women Deliver

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Your Guide to UNGA 2018


The UN General Assembly is a crucial moment for advocates like us. As world leaders gather in New York, ready to tackle the problems that hold us back, Women Deliver will be doing what we do best — speaking up for the needs of girls and women.

This year, we are planning to be more visible and more vocal than ever before — participating in over 120 meetings and shining a light on issues that are too-often sidelined. In addition to joining us at the key events listed below, we encourage you to contribute virtually, via Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. We're here to be your torchbearer too.

This year's theme, Making the United Nations Relevant to All People: Global Leadership and Shared Responsibilities for Peaceful, Equitable and Sustainable Societies, and we know that to take this from aspiration to reality, we need to unite over the power of investing in girls and women.

Women Leading the Way:
The Power of Women's Leadership in Politics, Business, and Communities

25 September | 08:30 - 10:00

From recent gender movements like #MeToo to the first Gender Equality Advisory Council of a G7 Presidency, there is a growing recognition that we must invest in and advocate for increased women’s agency, decision-making, and leadership at all levels. Now is the time to spotlight and learn from diverse leaders who embody the power of women across communities, business, and politics.

Hosted by:
Women Deliver, P&G, National Democratic Institute (NDI), and the Government of France

High-Level Event “Youth 2030”

24 September | 12:00 - 14:00
UN Headquarters

The UN Youth Strategy, also known as Youth 2030, embodies the United Nations’ strengthened commitment to ensure that every young person is empowered to achieve their full potential; and to recognize young people’s agency, resilience, and positive contributions as agents of change. In its essence, the UN Youth Strategy is all about working with and for youth, to ensure that the UN's work delivers for those they serve.
Women Deliver Young Leaders Yasmine Ouirhrane and William Otuck will be on stage with Secretary-General, Mr. António Guterres, as he pays tribute to all the amazing youth leaders in the world.

➔ Follow the activities via #UNGA2018
➔ Share your messages via #YouthDeliver

UNGA Kick-Off Party

23 September

With UNGA high-level week ahead of us and only 279 days until the Women Deliver 2019 Conference, there will be plenty to celebrate! Special guests, including the Honourable Marie Claude-Bibeau, Canadian Minister of International Development and Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark will make brief remarks and help us keep the drumbeat for gender equality going throughout UNGA and beyond!

Hosted by:
Women Deliver

➔ Join the conversation with #ThePowerOf

Global Goals World Cup

25 September | 10:30 - 18:00
10 Hudson Yards, 
New York, NY 10017

The Global Goals World Cup is an alternative activist world cup for women from all over the world. Naturally, Women Deliver is playing for SDG 5: Gender Equality. Help spread your own SDG messages during the day, using hashtags #GGWcup and #TakeTheBall.

➔ Follow the activities via #GGWcup
➔ Share SDG messages via #GlobalGoals

MIT Solve Challenge Finals

23 September | 12:00 - 17:30

The event will bring together the Solve community with a diverse group of innovators who will pitch their solutions to a panel of expert judges and a live audience on Solve’s 2018 Global Challenges: (1) Coastal Communities, (2) Frontlines of Health, (3) Teachers and Educators, and (4) Work of the Future. After the pitches, Diane von Furstenberg, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, and Cheryl Dorsey will discuss bridging the pioneer gap for early stage innovators to support the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Hosted by:
MIT Solve

PMNCH Annual Accountability Breakfast

23 September | 08:00
The Westin Grand Central Ballroom
212 East 42nd Street, New York, NY, USA

Chaired by Dr Michelle Bachelet, former President of Chile, the 2018 PMNCH Accountability Breakfast will have a strong focus on effective national/regional political and social accountability mechanisms to ensure progress for improving women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health.

Hosted by:
The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH)

Goalkeepers Global Goals Awards

25-26 September (Livestream on 26 Sept)
Jazz at Lincoln Center

Speakers from around the world will be joining this two-day event, sharing their stories, ideas, and challenges. The Goalkeepers 2018 report will be released prior to the event on September 18, taking a detailed look at progress being made around the globe. This year, both the event and the report will highlight how the tremendous growth in youth populations will be a turning point for future progress in health, equality, and development.

Hosted by:
The Gates Foundation

Data Driving Change: EM2030 SDG Gender Index Launch

24 September | 12:30 - 14:30
Japan House, 333 East 47th Street

Join leading gender, data and SDG advocates and policy-makers as we launch the Equal Measures 2030 SDG Gender Index framework, new Gender Advocates Data Hub, and global report, including insights from hundreds of advocates from our Global Advocate Survey as well as stories from our work around the world. With exciting speakers and a dynamic regional marketplace exhibition to explore, we look forward to welcoming you as we present this new tool to ensure that girls and women count and are counted.

Hosted by:
Equal Measures 2030

World Contraception Day Twitter Chat

26 September 9:30-10:30

More than 214 million women do not have access to modern contraception. On World Contraception Day, we’re addressing these challenges and finding solutions. We'll be joined by @PathfinderInt @MarieStopes @Pop_Council @PSIimpact @UNFPA & Women Deliver Young Leaders @kingahanna @KizanneJames.
Share your ideas by following #WCDChat #WCD2018!

Movement Makers

25 September | 09:00 - 16:30
The Times Center, 242 W 41st St, New York

What sparks a movement that changes the world? Does it require the right moment or the utterly wrong event to light our collective emotional fire? Does it need the passion of a new generation that claims its voice or does it require big-picture leaders at the top to articulate a vision that moves the masses? Is the key ingredient power? Empathy? Collaboration? And what does it take to build and sustain movements once that initial spark has faded? Movement Makers is an opportunity to connect across generations, communities and experiences.

Hosted by:
Global Citizen

Safe Birth, Even Here: How Innovation and Commitment are Saving the Lives of Mothers and Babies in Fragile Settings

27 September | 17:00 - 19:30

Explore how innovation and private sector commitment are helping to save the lives of mothers and newborns in humanitarian and fragile settings. This event will highlight outcomes of the Safe Birth Even Here campaign and its ability to decrease maternal mortality by investing in the capacity of midwives in Liberia, Haiti and Bangladesh. The panel discussion will be followed by reception and a photo gallery dedicated to the work of front line health workers.

Hosted by:
UNFPA and Johnson & Johnson

#SheIsEqual Summit

28 September | 13:00
Play Station Theater, 1515 Broadway

The #SheIsEqual Summit will bring together the brightest minds in policy, media, entertainment, and the private sector to explore where positive impact can be made on gender equality, women’s economic empowerment, girls’ education, and advocacy.

Hosted by:
Global Citizen, P&G and #SeeHer

➔ Follow the conversation via #SheIsEqual

IAP 2018 Report Launch

27 September | 7:45 – 9:30
Conference Room 3, UNHQ

The UN Secretary-General’s Independent Accountability Panel for Every Woman, Every Child, Every Adolescent (IAP) is mandated by the UN Secretary-General to conduct an annual independent review of progress. The report’s key findings and recommendations, focused on this year’s theme–The Private Sector: Who is Accountable?–will be presented by the IAP Co-Chairs joined by a high-level and distinguished panel of dignitaries.

Hosted by:
Governments of Finland and South Africa, and co-organized by the IAP with the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH)

For more event listings, please browse the 2018 UNGA Guide.

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