The road to Paris! Don't miss the Generation Equality Forum from June 30 to July 2, 2021

Date: Friday, June 25, 2021

The Generation Equality Forum is the most important global gathering to advance gender equality held in the last quarter century. Convened by UN Women and co-chaired by the Governments of France and Mexico, with the leadership and participation of youth and civil society, the Forum is a once-in-a-generation moment to advance gender equality around the world.

Registration open until Wednesday, June 30 

The COVID-19 pandemic has reversed much of the global progress on gender equality. The Paris edition of the Generation Equality Forum aims to affirm bold investments, programs and policies on gender equality, and to initiate a five-year action journey, based on a Global Acceleration Plan for Gender Equality to be launched during the event.

Heads of State and Government, international organizations, civil society, youth and the private sector will gather in Paris to make tangible commitments to accelerate this transformative change.  

The 3-day event will include an in-person opening ceremony for high-level guests, as well as more than 110 events organized by UN Women, the Government of France, youth, civil society, philanthropy and the private sector (see program here).

A sequence of "Coalitions for Action" events will present 5-year commitments and action agendas on issues ranging from gender-based violence, to justice and economic rights. Featured attendees, both in person and via live connection, include:

  • Kamala Harris, Vice President of the United States;
  • Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya;
  • Alberto Fernández, President of Argentina;
  • Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany;
  • Kaïs Saïed, President of Tunisia;
  • Hillary Clinton, former U.S. Secretary of State;
  • Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation;
  • Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank;
  • Mari Pangestu, managing director of the World Bank;
  • Nadia Murad, Nobel Peace Prize laureate;
  • Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation;
  • Alice P. Albright, executive director of the Global Partnership for Education; and
  • Julieta Martinez, feminist climate activist.

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Passing the Torch from Mexico City to Paris, Tuesday, June 29, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

(Mexico City time)

Perspectives and impact of the Generation Equality Forum in Mexico.

Special session in the countdown to the Generation Equality Forum in Paris.

Registration link available hereSee full program

Opening Ceremony, Wednesday, June 30, 3:30 - 6:30 p.m. CEST / 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. EST

Hybrid virtual/on-site event at the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris, hosted by the President of the French Republic. Includes remarks by President Emmanuel Macron, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Finnish President Sanna Marin, U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, and remarks by women's rights advocate Hillary Clinton.

You can participate by registering on the event's platform or by watching it live on UN Web TV, or through the social networks of the Elysée and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Closing Ceremony, Friday, July 2, 7 - 7:50 p.m. CEST / 1 - 1:50 p.m. EST

Hybrid face-to-face/virtual event in Paris.

Closing session with key announcements and results. You can participate in the closing session by pre-registering on the event platform. Speakers at the closing ceremony will include French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian; Mexican Minister of Foreign Affairs Marcelo Ebrard; French Minister for Gender Equality, Diversity and Equal Opportunities Elisabeth Moreno; Lopa Banerjee, Executive Coordinator of UN Women's Generational Equality Forum; Pacific feminist leader Sharon E.R. Bhagwan Rolls (CSAG); and activist Selin Ozunaldin.

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