During the 63rd Commission of the Status of Women (CSW63) I have been keeping a keen eye open for any themes in relation to interlinking of disability and gender inequality. As the priority theme this year focused on ‘Social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls’ I assumed that disability would be significantly addressed. However, this has not been the case. Upon looking at CSW63’s side events disability only appeared in the title of one event facilitated by a Canadian organisation.
Our first day of COP, as part of the Global Voices Scholarship Program, comes after a contentious week of negotiations. Perhaps most notable in last week’s negotiations was the IPCC 1.5 degrees report with the US, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait blocking other countries from ‘welcoming’ the report, only accepting to ‘note’ the findings. The EU, and many African, American and Pacific island nations all pushed for the report to be ‘welcomed’, while Australia notably stayed silent on the issue. This will likely delay negotiations in the middle of next year.
Day 4 of the 2018 IMF and World Bank Group Annual Meetings maintained the rapid tempo set by the prior days. The Meetings continued exploring a range of themes from previous days, including: income and gender inequality, enabling innovation in the developing world, and environmental pollution. Discussions on these topics merged into a common thread that ran through the day: the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
When I first viewed the agenda for the IMF & World Bank Annual Meetings, I knew that day four would be one to look forward to. Digital was the theme of the day, and I was extremely excited by three flagship events that would discuss the disruptive impact technology is having on achieving development goals and financial stability: Harnessing Technology for Inclusive Growth, the Bali FinTech Agenda, and the Human Capital Index.
The sun has just set on day four of the IMF & World Bank Annual Meetings here with the Global Voices delegation. As usual, we have had an engaging, diverse, chaotic, exhausting, and rewarding day. Today marked International Day of the Girl. It was an incredible day to watch discussions, summits, launches and panels discussing the importance of addressing and investing in women and children, particularly girls.
On the second day of the IMF & World Bank Annual Meetings you could start to sense that things were beginning to ramp up, as all the key players arrived in town. The packed schedule provided plenty of discussions and side-events for us to attend, allowing us to take full control of our Global Voices Scholarship experience.
Our third day at the IMF & World Bank Annual Meetings was an overwhelming, yet equally rewarding experience.
A key focus of the Meetings was the Human Capital Index (HCI) and Human Development Report, scheduled for release this week. Several of the sessions we attended over the course of the day were related to these development indicators in some form.