UN Womenو in partnership with ESCWAو seeks to support an inter-regional interactive learning Dialogue designed to provide Member States with an opportunity to take stock of and to share experiences, lessons learned, constraints and opportunities in the implementation of their national and regional commitments to the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.
The dialogue will particularly offer countries in the Arab region the chance to discuss efforts made towards responding to commitments towards the advancement of women during an unprecedented situation arising from the COVID-19 pandemic and to identify priorities for the coming years prior to the Beijing + 30 review.
It will also open the door for cross-regional exchange and learning on progress achieved thus far; and will help to collectively ensure the gains are not lost by sharing good practices that contribute to the region building forward better and equitably after the pandemic.
It will also provide space to explore potential joint collaboration between States on data, financing gender institutions and programmes, and monitoring.
Finally, the Dialogue will guide UN organizations active at a regional level to clearly identify the needs of member countries in fulfilling commitments made during the Beijing + 25 review and incorporated in the Arab Declaration on Progress in the Implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action after 25 years (Amman, 28 November 2019).
The inter-regional interactive dialogue will focus on four key aspects previously identified by Member States as regional priorities in the Implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action after 25 years:
- Develop the work of National Women’s Machineries and equip them with the necessary tools and resources;
- Develop gender-disaggregated data and data systems for national strategies;
- Continue effective monitoring of progress in the implementation of the Beijing Platform; and
- Continue joint action, regional partnerships and programmes to improve the status of women.
It will comprise of 4 virtual dialogues over two days. Each dialogue will be facilitated around one of the priorities outlined above to respond to a set of questions that will help in identifying constraints and opportunities and lessons learnt.