WHAT'S NEXT? Achieving Gender Equality and Inclusion: The Power of Partnerships.

UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem will be joined by strategic partners representing the private sector, civil society, international institutions, fashion, sport and government to discuss the soft power that partnerships
for women’s rights can bring to rebuild a new model for multilateralism.


During the Nairobi Summit that celebrated the 25 th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo, this broad spectrum of public and private partners galvanized political and financial momentum to complete the unfinished business of the ICPD Programme of Action. Private sector organizations announced during the event that they would mobilize some $8 billion in combined new pledges to achieve the three transformative results by 2030.

This dialogue will take place the day before the launch of the High-Level Commission on the Nairobi Summit on ICPD25 Follow-up. In this discussion, experts, activists, artists and public officials will offer insights on innovative ways to improve women’s leadership and participation in all spheres of society. They will showcase the power of partnerships to bring to scale change for women and girls, and build more equal and inclusive societies.

The event will feature simultaneous interpretation in Spanish and French, as well as international sign language. 

Spanish interpretation of this Youtube live  

French interpretation of this Youtube live

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More on the “What’s Next?” series of global conversations on ICPD25 and the Nairobi Commitments

To map the best, most innovative strategies for sustained progress on the three transformative results amid the pandemic, UNFPA’s Executive Director is hosting a series of Global Thought Leadership Conversations on ICPD25 and the Nairobi Commitments: What’s Next?  In a spirit of global collaboration and collective action attuned to the demands of the current moment, experts, leaders and activists will together define how to:  


  • Mobilize global leaders and influencers to catalyse action.
  • Identify innovative solutions.
  • Emphasize the urgency of reducing inequality, exclusion, discrimination and vulnerability. 
  • Highlight underlying gender-based inequalities and discrimination that drive violence against women and girls and harmful practices.
  • Define a strategy for filling knowledge gaps.

Who and how

The What’s Next? conversations engage – and speak to – global leaders and opinion shapers from governments, bilateral and multilateral development organizations, civil society, foundations, the private sector, academia, representatives of indigenous populations and people of African descent, people with disabilities and youth organizations. 

The virtual moderated panel discussions will feature question-and-answer sessions and will take place approximately every two weeks through September 2020. They will be promoted via social media and streamed on YouTube and other interactive platforms.