“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
Despite some progress in recent years, achieving equality and parity in science remains an important
challenge for policy-makers and the scientific community at large. This commemoration will examine the need
for policy changes at all levels, to address the gender imbalance that exists in scientific fields, as well as in
other areas including technology, engineering, mathematics and cutting-edge, innovative technologies.

The role that women in science can play at all levels has become a priority on the science agendas of many
national and international political institutions. Although the number of female science graduates has
increased, true equality and parity in science has not yet been achieved.

Over the past 25 years, the United Nations and its agencies have realized the gender-gap in science;
however, the advancement of women and girls in science has not only stalled, but the international
community is seeing a recidivist slide backwards.

The question to be asked is "Why?" Why have there been so few female scientists chosen to speak at
high-level events, or selected to take part in international decision-making bodies, or to deal with policy

In striving towards equality, peace and prosperity and towards universal sustainable development, we must
recognize the role of women in science in achieving implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

The role of the UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development in suggesting policy
recommendations to Heads of State and Government, as well as to parliamentarians, will be highlighted, the
significant role of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), as the responsible UN entity
serving as the Secretariat for the Commission, will be discussed, and similar to neglected areas of science
and the official UN bodies that deal with them will be presented. The role of the scientific diaspora will also be

The 2018 International Day of Women and Girls in Science Forum (IDWGS-2018) aims to mobilize women in
science expertise from a wide range of disciplines that can contribute to achieving sustainable development
goals. It will explore innovative ways to measure and assess data produced by International Organizations.
The Forum will also provide a unique opportunity for policy-makers and women in science experts to propose
International Framework and Action Plan for Equality and Parity in Science.

The purpose of this Forum is to harness the strategies, expertise and resources across the broadest
spectrum of policy-makers, professionals, civil society and the private sector to move equality and parity in
science for sustainable development into the mainstream discourse. It is anticipated that this will spark
sustained public demand for lasting political action in support of an ambitious outcome from the 2030
Development Agenda process and other declarations and Outcome Documents of other UN fora.

The Forum Planning Committee has made every effort to ensure that perspectives from north/south, gender,
youth, older persons, indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, global geographic areas, expert
constituencies, and international networks are included.
Concept Note
International Day of Women and Girls in Science
Día Internacional de la Mujer y la Niña en la Ciencia
Международный день женщин и девочек в науке
Journée Internationale des Femmes et des Filles de Science
اليوم الدولي للمرأة والفتاة في ميدان العلوم
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