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Monday, 28 September 2015

On 27 September, the President of Mongolia participated at “Global Leaders’ Meeting on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: A Commitment to Action”.  

UN Women and the People’s Republic of China co-hosted this landmark event in conjunction with the UN Summit on the post-2015 development framework and as part of the 20th Anniversary commemoration of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.

Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China, and Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General, gave the opening remarks and co-chaired parts of the event. The Presidents of Mexico and Kenya as the hosts of two previous World Conferences on Women and Mogens Lykketoft, the President of the 70th session of the General Assembly, contributed to co-chairing the remainder of the event. Along with top leaders, the meeting was attended by representatives of multilateral organizations, civil society, private sector and youth groups.

Today, some 80 world leaders who have convened at the United Nations personally committed to ending discrimination against women by 2030 and announced concrete and measurable actions to kick-start rapid change in their countries. The event where pledges were delivered by Heads of State and Government, no other single issue received this level of political attention at the UN Summit held from 25-27 September to adopt Agenda 2030 and its Sustainable Development Goals.

Commitments covered a range of issues addressing the most pressing barriers for women, such as increasing investment in gender equality, reaching parity for women at all levels of decision-making, eliminating discriminatory legislation, and addressing social norms that perpetuate discrimination and violence against women.