Soon-Young Yoon, PhD, is UN main representative for the International Alliance of Women in New York. First Vice-President of the Conference of NGOs in consultative relationship with the UN (CoNGO)
and Past Chair ex officio NGO/CSW/NY
“Cities have the ability to innovate and measure rapid change, even when national governments cannot—or will not—take action.” Soon-Young Yoon, IAW representative to the UN in New York, at UN Women Stakeholders’ Forum 2016
Women are key decision-makers concerning economic and social rights related to food security, biodiversity, cultural heritage, migration, energy consumption and family size. They also play critical roles in the use of water, energy and natural resources and finding climate solutions. They have a specific role in the urban ecology as managers of household energy.
The statement links the Beijing Platform for Action to the Agreed Conclusions of of CSW 58 and CEDAW and asks “have these international agreements become a reality?” Eight recommendations give much food for thought and action. The statement is submitted in collaboration with Medical Women’s International Association
Soon-Young Yoon, main representative of IAW to the UN in New York and chair if the NGO/CSW Committee at the opening of CSW 58: With all of the talk of “push back” and “roll back”, some governments have settled in for mediocre results. The women of the world are in no mood to “settle”