World Economic Forum to focus on Women and Girls

Accra, 21 January, 2014 – The World Economic Forum 2014 is scheduled to take place in Davos from January 22 – 25 January 2014.  The Forum which brings together private and public sector leaders and civil society sectors, will highlight successful programmes and innovative approaches that enable girls and women worldwide to learn, earn, thrive and control their own destinies. Participants will include the Secretary-General and his MDG Advocacy Group, including co-chairs President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway.   Possible new commitments for supporting MDG acceleration may be announced.

The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon established an Advocacy Group of eminent personalities in June 2010 in an effort to galvanize support for the MDGs.  Members of the ADG Advocacy Group are personalities who have shown outstanding leadership in promoting the implementation of the Goals — in such fields as education, food security, health, environment, and the empowerment of women. The Group supports the Secretary-General in building political will and mobilizing global action for the benefit of the poor and most vulnerable, aiming for the achievement of the MDG by the 2015 target date.

Climate change will also be a major focus of the Forum to spur global collaborative efforts to tackle significant aspects of the climate challenge as well as highlight the economic opportunities for taking action.  22 January will be Climate Day in Davos.  Advancing progress in 2014 on the climate change and sustainable development agenda is essential, and the ideas that emerge from Davos could evolve into initiatives and announcements that will be made at the Summit.

Ghana’s President John Dramani Mahama is scheduled to attend the Forum in Dova.