Zambia’s First Lady Esther Lungu to address United Nations

Zambia First Lady Mrs Esther Lungu
Zambia First Lady Mrs Esther Lungu

First Lady Esther Lungu will on Tuesday be among key speakers in New York at the launch of the UN Secretary-General’s progress report on the global strategy for women’s and children’s health 2010-2015.

The First Lady will speak alongside UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and Melinda Gates.

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.

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.

Other Speakers will be Martin Chunong, Secretary General of the Inter-Parliamentary Union -PU-and Ken Kenneth Fraizer – Chief Executive Officer of Merk, a pharmaceutical company.

The Zambian First Lady is expected to discuss progress on Zambia’s commitment to the Global Strategy for Every Women’s and Children’s health.

Mrs. Lungu 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 in 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 health.

The First Lady will also deliver a statement 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 -ICs- and Women’s Health.

Mrs Lungu will speak alongside the Minister of Gender and Child Development Professor Nkandu Luo, among other high profile leaders.
And Prof LUO will also hold bilateral meeting with ministers from other countries.

First Secretary for Press and Public Relations at the Zambian Mission to the UN Chibaula Silwamba confirmed this to ZNBC’s Kennedy Bwalya in New York.

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 session 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.