Expert Group Meeting to Follow Up on the Fourth World Conference on Women (Beijing + 10) - Second Meeting of the Consultative Committee for Non-Governmental Organizations at ESCWA

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The Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) is holding the "Arab Regional Conference Ten Years After Beijing: Call for Peace" in Beirut from 8 to 10 July 2004 under the auspices of the First Lady of Lebanon Mrs. Andrée Lahoud and attended by Mrs. Susan Mubarak, who will deliver the keynote address at the conference.

The objective of the Arab regional conference is to review and appraise the accomplishments achieved in the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action and the Arab Plan of Action for the Advancement of Women to the Year 2005, identify the obstacles that have confronted the implementation process, come up with initiatives and new measures to expedite implementation and confront the challenges that obstruct the achievement of development, equality and peace.  The Arab region is one of the most afflicted by instability, armed conflict, wars, occupation and economic embargo.  The subject of peace, as well as development and equality, has not been accorded sufficient concern.  Therefore, this Arab regional conference has been convened in order to discuss issues related to women and peace.

This conference will serve as a substantial forum to which all women’s groups involved in legislative and executive authority, active in civil society and in pioneering positions in intellectual life, writing and the media are invited for the objective of assembling the ranks, intensifying efforts and expediting mobilization in order to confront the challenges of development, rights and security that prevent the advancement of women and the improvement of their situation.  It is well established that development cannot be achieved without equality, in the context of a comprehensive and just peace that enables peoples in general and women in particular to achieve progress and liberation from constraints, primarily at the level of security and, subsequently, at the political, economic, social and cultural levels.


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