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Concept Note

Background:

      The partnership between the Royal Academy of Science International Trust
(RASIT) and the Ministry for Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties
of Malta illustrates Sustainable Development Goal 17.

      The first fruitful result of this partnership was when the 70th Session of the
United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution (70/212) proclaiming
February 11 the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.  The
sponsorship of more than 68 countries and the approval of all Member States to
the resolution signals the global community's interest in transforming our world
through achieving gender parity in educational opportunity and scientific
participation.  

      In both 2016 and 2017, the International Day was commemorated with
participation at the highest levels of the UN system, with the Second
Commemoration on 10 February 2017 being held in the General Assembly Hall
and presided over jointly by Dr Helena Dalli, Minister for Social Dialogue,
Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties and  Her Royal Highness Princess Dr.
Nisreen El-Hashemite, Executive Director of RASIT.

      The Second Commemoration of this International Day revolved around the
theme “Gender, Science, and Sustainable Development: the Impact of Media”. The
theme of the sixty-second Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women
(CSW62) looks forward in this regard, since the priority theme will be: "Challenges
and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural
women and girls", with the review theme of CSW62 being entitled: "Participation in
and access of women to the media, and information and communications
technologies and their impact on and use as an instrument for the advancement
and empowerment of women."

About:

      The Royal Academy of Science International Trust, in close collaboration with
the Ministry of Social Dialogue Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties of the Republic
of Malta, The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
and the Permanent Mission of the Principality of Andorra to the United Nations will
hold its annual event focused on private sector support for the ECOSOC Science,
Technology and Innovation (STI) Forum, this year focusing on Women in Innovation
and Connectivity: The Role of the Private Sector.

      The Addis Ababa Action Agenda and the 2030 Agenda for sustainable
development established the STI Forum as a ‘collaborative multi-stakeholder
forum on science, technology and innovation for the Sustainable Development
Goals (SDGs)’.

      The theme of the 2017 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development
(HLPF) is “Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world”, and
the STI Forum will deal with “Science, Technology and Innovation for a Changing
World – Focus on SDGs 1, 2, 3, 5. 9, and 14”.

      In line with its mandate, the STI Forum will address the following objectives:
STI cooperation; Needs and gaps; Networking, and Technologies for the SDGs.

      This Event will examine the particular contributions of women in innovation and
connectivity, and will also prepare a set of recommendations that will be developed
by the multi-strategic partnership brought together by RASIT and the Ministry of
Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties of Malta, on this occasion.

      Specific solutions and achievements will point the way forward to a road map
for follow up action within national contexts.

      New channels of opportunities for women in science shall be identified, which
can support greater education for women, leading to increased well-being, health
and advancement career-wise.

Objectives:

  • To highlight  Women in Science innovations that provide solutions targeted
    to the SDGs 1, 2, 3, 5. 9, and 14.
  • To emphasize how Women in Science use the Internet in knowledge
    sharing and technology transfer.

Key Discussion Questions

  • How do digital tools and digital literacy skills lead to the creation of income
    generation for and with family members, bringing social cohesion through
    “intrapreneurship” in a family setting?
  • Are women being trained and prepared to build the current and future
    generation of IT infrastructure?
  • How will women, as well as men, overcome poor infrastructure, rigidity of
    social roles, fewer opportunities to access markets and poor business
    financing?
  • Are the Millenials creating diverse teams of entrepreneurs to overcome the
    stereotypes that infrastructure development is “better given to men”?
  • What role are women in science and entrepreneurs playing in economic
    development?
  • What is the role of women entrepreneurs in supporting scientific research
    and domestic technology development and innovation?
  • What role do women in science play in increasing scientific knowledge,
    developing research capacity and transferring marine technology in order to
    improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity
    to the development of countries?
  • Has the role of women in media been supportive of women in science
    innovations?
  • What examples of good practice show that the role of women
    entrepreneurs has been supportive of women in science?
Program Agenda


Welcome Remarks:
H.E. Mr. Carmelo Inguanez, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the
Republic of Malta to the United Nations

Opening Remarks:
Moderator: Ms. Chantal Line Carpentier, Chief of UNCTAD Office in New York

Video Message: H.E. Dr Helena Dalli, Minister for Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs
and Civil Liberties of Malta

Women in Innovation and Connectivity: The Role of Private Sector:
HRH Princess Dr Nisreen El-Hashemite, Executive Director – Royal Academy of
Science International Trust.

H.E. Mr. Peter Thomson, President of 71st Session of the UN General Assembly
represented by the Special Adviser on Sustainable Development, H.E. Ambassador
Dessima Williams

H.E. Ambassador Maira Mora, Director General of the Council of the Baltic Sea States
Secretariat

H.E. Mr. Frederick Shava, President of the Economic and Social Council, Permanent
Representative of Zimbabwe to the United Nations

Private Sector and Civil Society Vision

Woman in Technology & Venture Capital
Dr Jiong Ma, Partner – Braemar Energy Ventures

A Venture Capitalist from a Developing Startup Ecosystem: ‘Company Builder’
Investment Model and Achieving Sustainable Growth

Ms. Zeynep Zurlu, Business Development Manager of TRPE Venture Partners

Enable Deaf Women and Girls in Science
Dr Esraa El Bably, First Deaf Dentist in Egypt

No One Left Out: Inspiring Future Innovators in Non-Formal Settings
Ms. Catherine Franche, Executive Director of the European Network of Science
Centers and Museums.

Designing The New Normal - An International Web of Women in Science and
Exploration

Ms. Yael Heller Jekogian, Managing Director - WINGS WorldQuest

Network for Change
Ms. Melek Pulatkonak, CEO – Turkish Women International Network

Empowering The World’s Underrepresented Young People, Especially Girls,
Through Engineering And Technology To Become Innovators And Leaders

Ms. Tara Chklovski – CEO Iridescent Learning

Women in Innovation and Connectivity: A Story From Iraq
Dr Juman Kubba, Professor of Science and Author, Iraq

Governments Vision

Dr. Rowena Cristina L. Guevara, Undersecretary for Research and Development of
Department of Science and Technology, Philippine

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

H.E. Ms. Gillian Bird, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Australia to the
United Nations

H.E. Ms. Ina Hagniningtyas Krisnamurthi, Ambassador and Deputy Permanent
Representative of Indonesia to the United Nations

H.E. Mr. Marc-André Blanchard, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of
Canada to the United Nations

H.E. Mrs. Hayfa Matar, Deputy Permanent Representative of Bahrain to the United
Nations

H.E. Mr. Charles Thembani Ntwaagae, Ambassador and Permanent Representative
of Botswana to the United Nations

United Nations and Inter-Governmental Organizations Vision

Ms. Daniela Bas, Director – Division of Social Policy and Development, UN DESA

Mr. Vinicius Carvalho Pinheiro, Special Representative to the United Nations and
Director, ILO Office for the United Nations

Mr. Gary Fowlie, Director of International Telecommunication Union Liaison Office to
the United Nations

Ms. Carla Mucavi, Director FAO Liaison Office with the United Nations


Summary and Closing

For Further information
Mr. Richard Jordan
Email: nyun@rasit.org

Ms. Anneliese Sammut
Policy Officer - Permanent Mission of the Republic of Malta to the United Nations
Email: anneliese.sammut@gov.mt

Women in Innovation and Connectivity: The Role of the Private Sector
(High-Level Event during the ECOSOC Science, Technology and Innovation Forum)

Date:  15th May 2017  -  Time:  15.00 – 18.00
Venue:  Conference Room 11, United Nations Headquarters., New York
Permanent Mission of the Republic of Malta
to the United Nations
Permanent Mission of the Principality of
Andorra to the United Nations
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