One example of this was last spring, at the Connected Women Leader’s (CWL) forum, which I was privileged to convene with Ronda Carnegie and in partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation. We invited a cohort of global women leaders to come together to review five of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals. Together, in the rooms of the Bellagio Conference Center on Lake Como, these leaders shaped new solutions and ideas that will further inform the UN strategies to reach these goals in the next decade.
Led by Ireland’s first President and former UN Envoy on Climate, Mary Robinson, the CWL produced a new Declaration on Climate Justice
. This declaration calls for all women leaders to make the global climate emergency a priority frame for all their work and to advance solutions that are inclusive of all communities, especially women and girls, who are most adversely impacted by climate disturbances. The declaration was presented during UN General Assembly week and has been signed by more than 800 world leaders.
The forum also reviewed and promoted programs to increase economic equity and opportunity, particularly among marginalized and rural communities, and explored entrepreneurial options for food distribution. With the leadership of Dr. Anges Binagwaho of Partners in Health
in Rwanda, these women leaders, putting aside any cultural and political differences, responded to the need to support a system of community health workers as a way of creating greater health equity. Many of these women leaders are reconvening in Rwanda for the Women Leaders in Global Health
forum in November to continue their work, together.