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Het Belgisch voorzitterschap en de internationale context

4. Het Belgisch voorzitterschap en de internationale context

Belgium Unlimited: Special issue Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union

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Strategic framework
a more comprehensive social agenda, targeted more at young people, equality between men and women, and combating poverty;

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European Development Days, Brussels, 6-7 December 2010
Active participation by everyone The 2010 edition of the EDD is expected to draw more than 5,000 visitors. Everybody will have his say - politicians and parliamentarians, international institutions, local authorities, NGOs, heads of business, academics, researchers, representatives of the media and young people. Half of the agenda will be determined by the participants themselves. They will be able to suggest speakers, events, networking events or exhibitions. Equal representation of men and women and the various regions has been ensured in the composition of discussion panels.

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Women’s rights high on the international agenda
The United Nations will hold a number of important meetings on gender and women’s rights. The Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union coincides with some important high level events on gender:

  • ECOSOC meeting (July 2010) on the gender-related Millennium Development Goals;
  • the General Assembly will negotiate the establishment of a new gender institution at the UN;
  • the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW);
  • the 15th anniversary of the Beijing Action Platform, which comprises 12 objectives for promoting women’s rights and equal opportunities;
  • and, last but not least, the 10th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security. Resolution 1325 is often summed up under the 3 Ps. These are Prevention of violence and conflict, the Protection of women and children and the Participation of women in conflict resolution and reconstruction.

    The implementation of Resolution 1325 and combating sexual violence and impunity are an absolute priority for Belgian foreign policy and Belgian development cooperation. That is why our country is organising several events in September 2010 to highlight the 10th anniversary of Resolution 1325:
    • High Level Conference focussed on participation (Brussels, 9 September 2010);
    • A ministerial meeting focussed on prevention (New York, during the ministerial week at the end of September);
    • a colloquium focussed on protection, in cooperation with the UN agencies (Geneva, 15-16 September 2010).

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