Russian Academy of Natural Sciences and Utah China Friendship Improvement Sharing Hands Development and Commerce, non-governmental organizations in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations submitted joint statement for presentation during the 62nd session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62) on 12-23 March 2018.
Statement was already approved and distributed by CSW62 on December 7, 2017.
Statement emphasizes the importance of implementation mountain targets among the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and in particular the empowerment of not only rural but also mountain women who are usually among the poorest and neglected by international community. it also says, that “…about 39 percent of the mountain population in developing countries, or 329 million people, is estimated to be vulnerable to food insecurity, according to a recent study of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in collaboration with the Mountain Partnership Secretariat (MPS). When rural areas are considered, nearly half the population are at risk, particular women.”
Further statement says, that : ” as one of the ways to raise awareness about the need for sustainable development for mountain communities, families and women, the Mountain Partnership focuses efforts in mobilizing grassroots activists, youth and students in developed and developing nations.”
We appreciate very much, that Dr. Rusty Butler, the main representative of RANS at the United Nations and Ms. Wendy Jyang, President of Utah China F.I.S.H focus attention of the CSW62 audience on the Utah Valley University model of student engaged learning developed with support from the MPS and how students were able to contribute to the advocacy of the mountain women in the State of Utah and North America since 2007.
This statement represents great example of UVU student engagement with prominent NGOs affiliated with the United Nations, which provides an important opportunity for joint implementation of mountain targets. We are glad that the visit of the UVU delegation to CSW62 will be fruitful and allow students to contribute practical recommendations to the final documents of this important UN forum on gender issues.
Yanko Dzhukev, VP on Social Media, UIMF
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