“Equality and Parity in Science for Peace and Development”
8 - 9 February 2018
ECOSOC Chamber, United Nations Headquarters - New York City

Concept Note and Programme Agenda

Day 1: Thursday February 8

10.00 – 13.00:  Opening Segment
Moderator: Miss Huaxuan Chen
Remarks:
  • HRH Princess Dr. Nisreen El-Hashemite, Founder President of Women in Science International League and the Executive Director of the Royal
    Academy of Science International Trust
  • H.E. Mr. Miroslav Lajčák, President of the 72nd Session of the General Assembly (Video Message)
  • H.E. Mr. António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General (Video Message)
  • H.E. Dr. Helena Dalli, Minister for European Affairs and Equality, the Republic of Malta
  • Woman in Science: Ms. Hanzade Dogan Boyer, President of Aydın Dogan Foundation
  • Ms. Daniela Bas, Director of the Division for Social Policy and Development, UN-DESA
  • Girls in Science: Talya Ozdemir, Rebeca Jekogian, Maria Jose Solís Rivera, and Gilda Maria Joaquín Somoza
  • “Y 4 X” Movement Remarks by:
    Professor Farouk El-Baz (Video Message)
    HRH Prince Zain El-Hashemite, Dante Schultz and Ishtiaque Mahdi

11.00 – 13.00: High-Level Panel on
    Equality and Parity in the Science Policy Interface for Sustainable Development
Panelists
Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary-General of UNCTAD (Video Message)
Mr. Nikhil Seth, Assistant Secretary-General and Executive Director of UNITAR
Hon Professor Nkandu Luo, MP , Minister of Higher Education of the Republic of Zambia
Professor Dr. Nguyen Thi Hoang Yen, Viet Nam National Institute of Education Management
Professor Sirimali Fernando, Chairperson of the National Science Foundation, Sri Lanka
Mr. Bruno Le Feuvre, Statistical Analyst, Economics and Statistics Division, WIPO
Ms. Ursula Wynhoven , ITU Representative to the United Nations, New York

Interventions:
Dr. David Crowther, President of National Science Teachers Association: “Engaging ALL students to Create a Foundation of Equality and Parity in
Science Education”
Professor Hina Chaudhry, Professor of Medicine, Mount Sinai, New York: “Challenges Women Scientists Face and How Governmental Institutions
Can Protect Them”
Ms. Oksana Pyzik: University College London, United Kingdom: "Advancing Women in Science Global Leadership”
Dr. Stephanie McGowan, Dean of the School of Education - Felician University: “The Evolving Role of Women and Leadership”
Ms. Asligul Atasagun Cebi, Journalist and Producer, Turkey: “Women and Girls in Science Refugees”
Miss Ravdanur Cuma, President of Ravdanur Foundation. "The rights of Women & Girls’ Refugees in Science"

Followed by interventions from the floor

    13.00 – 14.45: Lunch Break

15.00 – 18.00: High-Level Panel Discussion on
    Equality and Parity in Economic Empowerment: Multi-stakeholder Engagement

Moderator: Mrs. Hanzade Dogan Boyner, Chairwoman of Hepsiburada Group, Turkey

Panelists:
Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of UN Women
Ms. Atefeh Riazi, Assistant Secretary-General for the Office of Information and Communications Technology, Chief Information Technology Officer
Mr. Vinicius Pinheiro, Special Representative to the United Nations and Director, ILO
Ms. Chantal Line Carpentier, Chief, UNCTAD, New York Office
Ms. Maria Jose Monge, Director of Monge Foundation
Ms. Hagar Chemali, Founder and CEO of Greenwich Media Strategies

Interventions:
Eleanor Sterling, Jaffe Chief Conservation Scientist, Center for Biodiversity and Conservation - American Museum of Natural History “Untold stories:
inspirational women who are contributing to sustainable terrestrial ecosystems”
Mr. Mark Hogg - CEO, Waterstep: ‘Empowering Women to Equip Others With Tools and Training to Save Lives with Safe Water and Sanitation’
Professor Cindy M. Figueroa - Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico: “Achieving SDG 6 in Disasters”
Karina Karunwi - Civil Engineer - Nigeria: “Innovation in Civil Engineering: Beyond the Structures”

Followed by interventions from the floor


Day 2: Friday February 9

10.00 – 13.00: High-Level Debate on
    Women in Science and Diplomacy for Sustaining Peace and Development

Moderator: H.E. Ambassador Katalin Annamária Bogyay, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the United Nations

Remarks:
HRH Princess Dr. Nisreen El-Hashemite, Founder President of Women in Science International League and the Executive Director of the Royal Academy
of Science International Trust
H.E. Dr. Helena Dalli, Minister for European Affairs and Equality, the Republic of Malta

Panelists:
H.E. Mr. Tran Van Tung Deputy Minister of Vietnam for science and technology
H.E. Ambassador Kelley Currie, USA Representative to ECOSOC
H.E. Ms. Özlem Zengin, Chief Advisor to the President of Turkey
H.E. Ambassador Joanne Adamson, Deputy Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the UN
Ms. Marie Paule Roudil, Director of UNESCO Liaison Office New York and UNESCO Representative to the United Nations
Ms Karina Movsesjan, winner of the EU Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS) prize, Czech Republic

Interventions:
Hon. Kostas Lefkaritis, Vice-President of World Federations of Consuls
Ambassador Attallah Shabazz
Dr. Canan Dagdeviren, Assistant Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “Our true mentor in life: Science”

Followed by interventions from the floor.

Parallel Session

10.00 - 13.00: Girls in Science for Sustainable Development: Vision to Action
    Conference Room 5

Chairs: Talya Ozdemir and Rebeca Jakogian
Mentor: Mr. Andrew Muetze

Remarks:
HRH Princess Dr. Nisreen El-Hashemite
H.E. Ambassador Nguyen Phuong Nga, Permanent Representative of Viet Nam to the United Nations

Interventions
María José Solís Rivera: “What Can We Achieve as Women in the Future in Technology and Robotics?”
Sthuthi Satish: “Everyday Bias and Oppression in the Classroom”
Huaxuan Chen: “Why Science needs women and girl?”
Annelise Faustine Cornet: “How I feel about science?”
Gilda Jarquín Somoza: “How can role model in the field of science and technology influence our lives?”
Ava Patino: “Where Science Meets Humanities: my Experience of the Two Worlds”
Mariela Muñoz Herrera and Dana Mesén Guerrero: "Together Achieving Equality and Innovation for the Good of Humanity”
Janice Tjan and Karen Li: “Equal & Opposite Reactions: How Greater Female Involvement Can Change the World of STEM”
Michelle Liang, Carmen Munoz-Medrano, and Wardah Sheikh: “How to improve science education”
Stephannie Aguilar Mora and Darlyn Vargas Vivas: “The Discrimination that Women and Girls Live with, Day to Day with Respect to Labor Issues”
Annie Ikemoto: "A Girl's Adventure in Science"
Talar Terzian: "Borderless Opportunities for a Girl in STEM"
Vanessa Leal and Mosammat Muna: "Equality for Women in STEM Careers: How can we get girls more interested in Computer Science?”
Audrey Lee: “Mentorship, Technology & Innovation: my Experience”
Or Kulishevski: “Creating a movement to Engage more girls in STEM”

Debate Initiated by Dr. Kavita Imrit: “Science in our Daily life”
Summary and Conclusion

    13.00 – 14.45: Lunch Break

13.15 - 14.30: Side Event
    Presentation of the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements
    Conference Room 8
Organised by the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).



15.00 – 18.00:  
    Challenges and Opportunities: Recommendations, Conclusion and Closing Segment

Summary of Panels, by the Moderators
Girls in Science Presentation of their Panel's recommendations
Presentation of Outcome Document
Adoption and signing Ceremony by Member States Officials
Open Remarks by Permanent Representatives and Dignitaries

Closing Remarks:
  • HRH Princess Dr. Nisreen El-Hashemite, Founder President of Women in Science International League and the Executive Director of the Royal
    Academy of Science International Trust
  • H.E. Dr. Helena Dalli, Minister for European Affairs and Equality, the Republic of Malta
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