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XV Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement
First Ladies Summit

WOMEN IN CRISIS MANAGEMENT
Perspectives on Current Challenges, Best Practices and Lessons Learned
Sharm El Sheikh
July 15-16, 2009
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Concept Paper
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XV Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement
First Ladies Summit
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Women in Crisis Management
Perspectives and Challenges, Best Practices and Lessons Learned

I. Background

The world is living in unprecedented times, witnessing a global economic and financial crisis, the volatility in global food prices as well as climate change-related hazards. These enormous challenges have raised the attention of the international community to the need for a significant shift towards an improved globalization based on sustainability, human dignity, broader social protection and effective dialogue. In turn this necessitates direct engagement of women in crisis management related, but not limited to the said crises.
The NAM First Ladies Summit is scheduled to be held on 15-16 July 2009 in Sharm El Sheikh, in conjunction with the Non-Aligned Movement Heads of States and Governments Summit, under the title: Women in Crisis Management: Perspectives and Challenges " Best Practices and Lessons Learned". This theme is in line with the Non-Aligned Movement focus on addressing the global challenges we face today.
The role of women in the development of their societies has been under focus by NAM countries in the last decade. This resulted in convening two ministerial meetings on women issues and concerns, together with the establishment of a NAM Institute for the Empowerment of Women in Kualalumpur, Malaysia. Hence, we need more concrete efforts, with action oriented measures in the areas of advancement of women and achievement of sustained economic growth and the sustainable development of our societies.
The NAM First Ladies Summit provides a unique opportunity in the pursuit of such objectives.

II. Summtit Objectives

The First Ladies Summit aims at making assessment of the challenges we are facing today. It will further attempt to convey a strong political message through a viable gender perspective from NAM countries on the appropriate means to address these challenges.
The summit will constitute a platform for NAM First Ladies to identify ways and means through which women can play an effective role in crisis management. This will take place through the following:
- Inputs provided through the presentations of key United Nations Agencies on the current financial, food humanitarian and health crises focusing on the importance of paying due consideration to the needs of women, especially in NAM countries, and to integrate them in the different stages of the crisis management.
- Insights on the scope of the crises, identifying best practices and lessons learned at the national, regional and international levels as well as exploring areas of cooperation and coordination among NAM members.
- Inputs on the challenges facing the empowerment of women, the role of women in peace-building, conflict resolution and natural disasters.
- Exploring ways and means to further develop and share capacity building initiatives to meet the needs of women in cooperation with the United Nations system and the civil society.

III. Overview of the Programme of Work and sub-themes for discussion

The First Ladies Summit will be divided in two substantive sessions. The first session will take place in the afternoon of the 15th of July 2009. The meeting will resume on the morning of the 16th of July through a second working session. (Please refer to the attached draft agenda and draft program of work)

Day One:
The Inaugural Statement by H.E. Mrs. Suzanne Mubarak, First Lady of Egypt will be followed by presentations seven minutes each by the heads of FAO and WFP. An interactive dialogue will follow and discussants will be given five minutes each to address the meeting. Discussants are encouraged to focus on the sub-theme of working session one as follows:
Sub-theme for Working Session One: Expanding Prospects for Women in the Context of the Global Economic and Food Crises Transforming Challenges into Opportunities.
Expanding economic opportunities to women is vital to overcome negative consequences resulting from Global Crises. This session will explore ways and means through which our societies can further harness national and regional initiatives that enhance the role of women in crises management. Participants are encouraged to address the following questions:
How can NAM help women prepare themselves for challenges ahead? What are the required tools to transform challenges into opportunities?
This session may also address the following issues:
- Identification and response to specific needs of women in crises.
- Integration of a gender perspective in policies and responses.
- Exploration of Global Plans and means of enhancing cooperation and coordination between relevant stakeholders and development of more cohesive strategies.
- Identification of best practices and success stories.

Day Two:
Sub-theme for Working Session Two: Enhancing Women's Role in Addressing Global Humanitarian and Health Crises.
Presentations will be made by the heads of WHO and ITU on global humanitarian and health crises.
In a world facing increased and recurrent humanitarian and health crises, the role of women is essential in effective crisis management and the well being of their societies. The purpose of this session is to exchange experiences and lessons learned from the participation of women in various phases of management of humanitarian and health crises, with a special focus on integrating a gender perspective into all crisis management related activities.
The UNSC Resolution 1325 (2000) and also UNSC Resolution 1820 (2008) offer meaningful perspectives in the role of women on crisis management (attached is an overview of "Suzanne Mubarak Women's International Peace Movement (SMWIPM)"). The role that modern information and communication technologies can play in addressing these crises will also be discussed. This session may also address the following questions:
- How are women disproportionately affected during the various phases of humanitarian and health crises? what are the best ways of addressing their needs?
- What are the different approaches identified by international organizations and relevant international actors to address these crises?
- How can we create synergies and enhance cooperation between various stakeholders when addressing humanitarian and health crises?
- What role can modern information and communication technologies play in confronting these crises?

IV. Outcome and Recommendations:

In conclusion, a Chair's Summary, including main points of discussion and recommendations, resulting from the debate, will represent the outcome of the First Ladies Summit. A follow-up mechanism can be envisaged to mobilize the engagement of all stakeholders in order to implement the points of agreement resulting from this summit, among which a special Web-site designed as a tool of networking, exchange of views, experiences and best practices.