Vale Kofi Anan

We are sad to report on the passing of Kofi Annan.

Statement by the Secretary-General on the passing of former Secretary-General Kofi Annan

Kofi Annan was a guiding force for good. It is with profound sadness that I learned of his passing. In many ways, Kofi Annan was the United Nations. He rose through the ranks to lead the organization into the new millennium with matchless dignity and determination.

Like so many, I was proud to call Kofi Annan a good friend and mentor. I was deeply honoured by his trust in selecting me to serve as UN High Commissioner for Refugees under his leadership. He remained someone I could always turn to for counsel and wisdom — and I know I was not alone. He provided people everywhere with a space for dialogue, a place for problem-solving and a path to a better world. In these turbulent and trying times, he never stopped working to give life to the values of the United Nations Charter. His legacy will remain a true inspiration for all of us.

My heartfelt condolences to Nane Annan, their beloved family, and all who mourn the loss of this proud son of Africa who became a global champion for peace and all humanity.

New York, 18 August 2018

CSW62: Asia Pacific and Asia Pacific Women’s Watch (APWW) Joint DRAFT Statement to CSW62 Session

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Asia Pacific and Asia Pacific Women’s Watch (APWW) Joint DRAFT Statement to CSW62 Session

Rural women are left behind in development and modern technology including ICT and due to this, they are not equipped with necessary skills to face changing world of work in this E -era.

Rural women are marginalized furthered by IT world as they lack access and opportunity that promotes the empowerment of rural women. Possibilities of emerging opportunities should include such as ICT, technologies and entrepreneurship opportunities targeted at rural women
in our region.

Across the Asia and Pacific Region it is essential to develop strong and sound policies and enforceable legislation for the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls at all levels.

We women from the Asia and Pacific Region call on for governments, the private sector and civil society to

  •  Provide policy service and support to increase women’s resilience from disaster, such as earthquake, flood, tsunami
  • Provide accountability for allocations of budgets for rural women’s needs. Accountability for rural and to rural women needs new accountability designs with substantial participation of rural women themselves. Rural women must be engaged in accountability processes also as data verifiers.
  • Create enabling environments both legally and practically in order to stress the importance to have legal framework to support rural women’s property rights for increased control and ownership of assets by rural women, improve nutritional and water security and health, specifically of rural women
  • Protect rural and indigenous women’s legal rights in property distribution, marriage and reproductive health, political participation and other fields, and enabling women with equal opportunities for education, employment, property income and financial resources as well as providing abundant services.
  • Undertake gender budgeting and increase budget allocation for rural women’s economic empowerment at all levels.
  • Scale up and speed up effective strategies to support rural women’s involvement in small business and supporting women entrepreneurs and Increase strategies to support  economic security for women in rural areas.
  • Support strategies to increase women’s economic empowerment in disaster and conflict affected areas.
  • • Undertake a high level of accountability, and work with national and local rural feminist organisations to ensure effective measurement of women’s   economic empowerment


3 Young inspiring leaders from the pacific region make their voices heard at the 60th Session on the Commission on the Status of Women held in March, 2016. They want to see serious commitment, will power and urgent action to result in real outcomes in gender equality by 2030 within the new sustainable development goals framework.