WPL Summit 2019 Report: “Taking actions to advance society through SDGs”
The Report of the first-ever WPL Summit held in Asia-Pacific region is now available. Click here to read the Report. It includes relevant information on the Outcome Declaration, as well as on sessions, speeches, and participants.
In June 2019, hundreds of women politicians from 87 countries convened for the annual WPL Summit, co-hosted by the Japanese House of Representatives in Tokyo. The focus of the discussions was on how to advance society by taking action through the Sustainable Development Goals. The tangible proposals for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), distilled in the WPL Summit 2019 Outcome Declaration, were handed to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe by Ms. Shinako Tsuchiya, Leader of the Delegation for the WPL Summit 2019 in Japan, Ms. Yoko Kamikawa, WPL Ambassador, Silvana Koch-Mehrin, President & Founder of WPL, at the Leaders’ Special Event on Women’s Empowerment, an official side-event of G20, on 29 June in Osaka.
It was consensus, that the SDGs can only be achieved in 2030 if equality between women and men is achieved. There was also consensus, that for political representation, parity is the goal. Parity, which mirrors that half of society are women.
UN Women launches a Call to Action to parliamentarians at WPL Summit 2019
In the lead up to the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (Beijing+25) and UN Women’s ground-breaking campaign commemorating the anniversary, “Generation Equality: Realizing women’s rights for an equal future”, UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, called upon global parliamentarians to build on the experiences and best practices from Member States on how to achieve a gender equal world via legislation and parliamentary work.
The call Call to Action to ensure that parliamentarians can become key drivers of gender equality was officially launched at the Annual Summit of the Women Political Leaders (WPL) at the House of Representatives in Tokyo, Japan, on 27 June 2019.
WPL Summit 2019: No SDGs achieved by 2030 without equality between woman and men
Women politicians from 87 countries convened for the annual WPL Summit, co-hosted by the Japanese House of Representatives in Tokyo on 25-27 June in Tokyo. The focus of the discussions was on how to advance society by taking action through the Sustainable Development Goals. It was consensus, that the SDGs can only be achieved in 2030, if equality between women and men is achieved.
A timely moment for the WPL Summit 2019: Japan's Gender Equality Week
This year, the WPL Summit 2019 takes place at a timely moment: on the eve of the G20 Summit, happening in Osaka, and during Japan’s Gender Equality Week.
In June 1999, the Basic Act for Gender-Equal Society was promulgated and enacted: composed of five basic principles, this Act aims to “the formation of a society, where women and men have the right to equally participate to the society and its economy.”