Posted by: APO | 9 April 2008

DENMARK / AFRICA / TWO DAYS OF INTERNATIONAL SUMMIT MEETINGS IN COPENHAGEN FOCUSING ON AFRICA AND GENDER EQUALITY

 

 

 

TWO DAYS OF INTERNATIONAL SUMMIT MEETINGS IN COPENHAGEN FOCUSING ON AFRICA AND GENDER EQUALITY

New Africa Commission at head of state level to find durable solutions for getting young people in Africa into work. International conference to identify sustainable strategies for promoting gender equality and combating poverty.

 

The Africa Commission

An international Africa Commission is to find new innovative strategies for creating jobs for the many millions of young people in Africa. Young people and employment is an under-prioritised area in international development policy, despite being a key problem facing Africa today.

The Commission is ambitiously composed of heads of state and government from Tanzania, Mozambique and Denmark, as well as prominent businessmen, international experts and representatives from the UN, the African Union, the World Bank and the EU. The majority of the members come from Africa. The Danish Prime Minister, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, is chairman of the Commission.

There is an urgent need to find innovative strategies that can create new jobs and better future prospects for young people in Africa:

  • Although up to 15 million new jobs are needed in Africa today just to keep up with population growth, only 8.5 million new jobs are being created.
  • 46 per cent of the African population are between 5 and 25 years of age.
  • Despite agreement to double development assistance by 2010, long-term development assistance to Africa fell in 2007.
  • A number of the UN Millennium Development Goals will not be achieved.

International Conference on Economic Empowerment of Women

The day after the Africa Commission’s first meeting, the Danish Government invites to an international conference on economic gender equality. The conference sets focus on women’s economic empowerment in Africa, among other places.

Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen, President of Liberia Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and Prime Minister of Mozambique Luisa Diogo will hold keynote speeches at the conference.

It is a fact that when women have equal rights and opportunities, GNP rises, the growth opportunities of companies increase and the health of the population improves. But the situation today is far from satisfactory. Therefore, the Danish Government has taken the initiative to organise a conference aimed at identifying sustainable strategies that promote gender equality and reduce poverty. The conference forms part of the Government’s international campaign for global gender equality: MDG3 Global Call to Action (

http://www.mdg3action.um.dk)Time and venue

The Africa Commission is to hold its first meeting on Wednesday 16 April 2008, 12.00-17.30, in Eigtveds Pakhus, Asiatisk Plads, Copenhagen, Denmark. A press conference will take place immediately after the meeting from 17.30 to 18.00. There will be an opportunity to take photos between 11.45 and 12.00 as the Commission’s members are arriving.

The Conference on Economic Empowerment of Women is scheduled to take place on Thursday 17 April, 10.00-17.00.

 

Time and venue

The Africa Commission is to hold its first meeting on Wednesday 16 April 2008, 12.00-17.30, in Eigtveds Pakhus, Asiatisk Plads, Copenhagen, Denmark. A press conference will take place immediately after the meeting from 17.30 to 18.00. There will be an opportunity to take photos between 11.45 and 12.00 as the Commission’s members are arriving.

The Conference on Economic Empowerment of Women is scheduled to take place on Thursday 17 April, 10.00-17.00.

 

Time and venue

The Africa Commission is to hold its first meeting on Wednesday 16 April 2008, 12.00-17.30, in Eigtveds Pakhus, Asiatisk Plads, Copenhagen, Denmark. A press conference will take place immediately after the meeting from 17.30 to 18.00. There will be an opportunity to take photos between 11.45 and 12.00 as the Commission’s members are arriving.

The Conference on Economic Empowerment of Women is scheduled to take place on Thursday 17 April, 10.00-17.00.

 

 

Edited April 9, 2008

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