Zambia First Lady, UN Chief, Melinda Gates to discuss women’s health

Esther Lungu
Esther Lungu

NEW YORK, Satuday, 7th March, 2015 – Zambia First Lady Mrs Esther Lungu, His Excellency Ban Ki Moon and Melinda Gates will be key speakers at the launch of the UN Secretary-General’s progress report on the global strategy for women’s and children’s health 2010-2015.

Mrs Lungu, who is championing women and girls’ empowerment, will arrive in New York on Monday to be part of the Zambian delegation to the 59th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW59).

The First Lady will speak at the Every Woman Every Child-organised event on Tuesday along side Mr Ban, Mrs Gates – Co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Mr Martin Chungong – Secretary General of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and Mr. Kenneth Frazier – Chief Executive Officer of Merk, a pharmaceutical company.

Mrs Lungu is expected to discuss progress on Zambia’s commitment to the Global Strategy for Every Women’s and Children’s health.

The First Lady will also highlight the unfinished agenda, and how they must be addressed to ensure that women and children, especially in Africa, have the opportunities to survive and thrive.

The event aims to galvanize high-level political support for this work to transition into the Post-2015 Development framework, including for the development and launch of an updated Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health later this year.

The UN Chief launched the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health and Every Woman Every Child movement in 2010 to advance progress on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that focus on women and children’s health.

Mrs Lungu will also deliver a statement at an event co-organised by the Zambian Mission to the UN, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Global Alliance for Women’s Health (GAWH), focusing on Information and Communications Technology (ICTs) and Women’s Health.

Mrs Lungu will speak alongside Minister of Gender and Child Development Professor Nkandu Luo, head of the ITU liaison office to the UN Gary Fowlie, Vice President of the Virginia Lee Cook Foundation Lynn Bakiares, author and health journalist Nancy Finn, among other high profile leaders.

Prof Luo will also undertake several high-level engagements and hold bilateral meetings with ministers from other countries.

The CSW59, dubbed Beijing+20, is taking place two decades after the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing that marked a significant turning point for the global agenda on gender equality.

The main focus of the 59th session, which runs from 9 to 20 March, will be on the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, including current challenges that affect its implementation and the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of women.

The CSW59 will discuss opportunities to achieving gender equality and empowerment of women in the Post-2015 Development Agenda, currently being formulate.

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First Secretary for Press and Public Relations

Permanent Mission of the Republic of Zambia to the United Nations