UNA-Canada is leading a national initiative on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, including consultations with Canadians to ensure their voices heard; as the international community seeks to develop and implement a new global framework for development. We here at the UNA-Canada, are committed to ensuring women are at the core of the Post-2015 Development Agenda, improving lives of women in Canada and around the world.
Read on to discover more about this important initiative. This includes all of UNA-Canada’s programming that supports the full engagement of women in the development of the future we want; a just and peaceful world for all.
Post-2015 Development Agenda
UNA-Canada teamed up with its Canadian partners and networks, will join the United Nations and the global community in marking 2015 as a year designated for the achievement of the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). In 2000, 189 Heads of State; from rich and poor countries, represented their citizens at the UN Millennium Summit in New York and signed on to the UN Millennium Development Declaration.
The main goal of this declaration was to free the majority of the world’s citizens – men, women, and children – from the abject and dehumanizing conditions of extreme poverty. The eight goals committed countries strive towards raising their citizens out of poverty and hunger, ensuring that every child receives a basic primary education, the empowerment of women, the reduction of child mortality, improving maternal health, combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases, ensuring environmental sustainability, and develop a global partnership for development. The MDGs set the framework and benchmark for global development policy since 2000.
As the global community approaches the set year of 2015 to achieve the UN Millennium Development Goals, a number of summits and high-level consultations are taking place to assess the achievements and failures to date with a forward looking focus on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
UNA-Canada is leading to serve as a Canadian coordinating entity to engage with Canadians, including the conducting of consultations on the Post-2015 Development Agenda and the ideal future we want. Our consultations, including related programming, cover themes such as; education, health, governance, inequalities; conflict, and fragility. Also including; population dynamics; growth, employment, environment, and sustainability. Lastly; nutrition; hunger, food security, water, and energy.
Entrenched in each of these themes is the cross-cutting topic of; the rights and empowerment of women. The full engagement of women in all aspects of the Post-2015 Development Agenda is critical to alleviating global poverty and creating a better, more fair and prosperous world for all. UNA-Canada is engaged in bringing Canadian voices to the UN processes to build a new development framework inclusive of women. Our work includes integrating women and women’s issues throughout consultations, activities and outreach.
Read the full report here: The United Nations Post-2015 Development Agenda
Women and UNA-Canada – Inspiring Change
UNA-Canada continues to create educational resources on the role and rights of women and girls – shared across the country, as well as develop and implement programmes that integrate women and women’s issues throughout.
Below is a sample of our work and long-standing commitment to the promotion of women’s rights and gender equality.
International Development and Diplomacy Internship Programme (IDDIP)
- IDDIP provides an avenue for highly qualified and motivated Canadians to participate in the United Nations system as Junior Professional Consultants (JPCs).
- JPCs make a difference on the global stage through direct participation in the UN system, working on issues including international peace and security, international research, human rights, women’s equality, sustainable development, fundraising, communications and refugee legal protection.
- As gender is a cross-cutting issue, all JPCs strive to integrate the empowerment and engagement of women in their work across the UN system.
Meet one of our JPCs!
Kathleen Kuracina: UNDP Valledupar, Colombia, Gender Equity and Peace Building JPC led community activities and gender-based workshops in partnership with local NGOs, which focused on increasing knowledge on women’s political participation, and improving networking amongst women’s organizations in the region. She conducted eight workshops during her tenure, some of which she captured on video, which the UNDP will continue utilizing as a sustained learning tool.
To learn more about IDDIP, please click here.
UN Season and Special Events
Throughout the year, UNA-Canada celebrates the UN Season engaging Canadians in global dialogue on UN days focused on pressing international issues. Informational backgrounders for key UN days are available, including the International Day of the Girl Child and International Women’s Day.
International Day of the Girl Child
- Since 2012, October 11th has been celebrated worldwide and by UNA-Canada as the International Day of the Girl Child. In both 2012 and 2013, UNA-Canada engaged youth at the high school level in the experiences of girls around the world, the issues they face and the means for their global empowerment.
- Read about our 2013 event here.
- Upcoming: International Day of the Girl Child 2014 – Galvanizing Boys and Girls for Action
International Women’s Day
- UNA-Canada celebrates the achievements and engagement of women in all of our projects, but this year we are hosting a very special celebration of International Women’s Day to highlight our, and the global community’s, efforts to ensure women are at the core of the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
- Our second annual Patricia & Kenneth W. Mariash, Sr. Global Issues Dialogue on March 6th features keynote speaker Corinne Woods, Director of the UN Millennium Campaign and leader of the My World outreach to governments, citizens, civil society, the private sector, and other stakeholders to develop partnerships in support of the Millennium Development Goals and the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Equality between men and women is at the forefront of this initiative.
Model UN & Simulations
- Our annual Canadian International Model United Nations (CANIMUN) offers young scholars the opportunity to engage in an educational simulation of the real life work of the UN. Participants learn, negotiate and exemplify representatives of the global community, finding resolutions surrounding security, human rights, environmental issues and humanitarian intervention.
- CANIMUN 2014 will be held March 6-9 in Ottawa, Ontario and features prominently in UNA-Canada’s consultations on the Post-2015 Development Agenda and our efforts to ensure women are at the core of the new development framework.
To learn more about the programme, please click here.