Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow the Special Envoy for Women and Children and Spouse of the Prime Minister of Belize, had the honour of being a speaker at the First Ladies High Level Forum a side event held within the margins of the 69th United Nations General Assembly on September 23rd, 2014 in New York. The event was hosted by the Africana Women Working Group at the UN and supported by the Nigerian Consulate General in New York, the United Nations Population Fund, the Jewelry Institute of America and the Joint Office for the Commonwealth Permanent Missions to the United Nations.

The forum focused on the Beijing Declaration, a resolution adopted by the UN at the end of the Fourth World Conference on Women on 15 September 1995, and its status after 20 years. The discussions zeroed in on the successes that have been achieved but also evaluated the gaps, challenges, and areas for improvement and transformation.

Mrs. Simplis Barrow was asked to speak on “Women’s Reproductive and Sexual Health”, with emphasis on the women and girls of Belize. The outcome of the forum will be an educational and training manual that will developed from the points and ideas raised during the discussions. This manual would then contribute to the Post 2015 Sustainable Development Agenda.

2014 Universal Children's Day



The global Education system with particular reference to developing communities, have challenges and unmet needs which has serious negative impact and consequences.

In attempt to avert these negative impacts education stakeholders 20 years ago adopted the convention on the "Rights of the Child". The tenants of the convention was incorporated into the MDGs as reflected on MDG 2. With specific reference to the unmet MDG 2, twenty years later, both the convention and the MDG 2 are yet to be a reality for all.

Therefor the objective of this conference is to address the existing challenges on all of the convention of rights of the child, the gaps between when it was ratified and the twenty years review.

The outcome is to ensure that education along with rights of children remains a standalone goal and imperative for a Transformative Post 2015 Sustainable Development Agenda.

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