KWDI, ADB hold seminar on gender equality in climate change
Korean Women’s Development Institute (KWDI) President Myung-Sun Lee and ADB Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department Technical Advisor (Gender Equity) Sonomi Tanaka launched the regional seminar on Gender Equality in Climage Change and Disaster Risk Management on 26 July in Seoul, Republic of Korea. Tanaka highlighted the importance of translating gender-responsive policies into action, maximizing climate finance for women, and setting-up accountability mechanisms for measuring climate resilience outcomes. KWDI's President emphasized how women play a critical role in addressing climate change and disaster risks.
ADB support for gender, development in Bangladesh evaluated
Over 120 participants from government agencies, academe, and NGOs attended the dissemination event, What Works, What Doesn't and Why: ADB Support for Gender and Development in Bangladesh on 17 July. ADB's Independent Evaluation Department hosted the event and provided its evaluation on ADB's support for gender and development. Secretary Nasima Begum of the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs (MoWCA) delivered the opening remarks. Additional Secretary Mahmuda Benu of MoWCA, Joint Secretary Ramendra Biswas of Ministry of Finance, and ADB Bangladesh Resident Mission Country Director Kazuhiko Higuchi participated in the panel discussion. ADB's IED Director General Marvin Taylor-Dormond moderated the panel.
ADB support for gender, development in Cambodia evaluated
ADB's Independent Evaluation Department (IED) hosted on 14 July in Phnom Penh a dissemination event entitled What Works, What Doesn't, and Why: ADB Support for Gender and Development in Cambodia. The event discussed IED's evaluation of ADB’s support for gender and development in Cambodia. Panelists included Nath Bunroeun, secretary of state, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport; and Bunchhitt Veasna, secretariat general, Cambodian National Council for Women. ADB's IED Deputy Director General Veronique Salze-Lozac'h moderated the event, attended by more than 70 participants.
ADB briefed on results of waste management study tour in Fiji
Science and engineering students from the University of Western Sydney on 14 July discussed their study tour results which addressed challenges of solid waste management in the Pacific. The visit was organized by the university's Women in Science and Engineering initiative and the ADB-supported Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility, which is conducting research on the potential for improved waste recycling programs in the Pacific. The students met with staff from ADB's Pacific Subregional Office (SPSO) in Suva, Fiji, discussing ADB-supported solid waste projects in Fiji and the Pacific. ADB SPSO OIC Hayden Everett gave opening remarks.
Tonga Prime Minister joins ADB-hosted gender equality workshop
Tonga Prime Minister Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva and CEO of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Ana Bing Fonua opened a workshop on the use of statistics for promoting evidence-based policy making for gender equality on 11 July in Nuku'alofa. The workshop was hosted by the Women's Division of Tonga's Ministry of Internal Affairs and ADB.
Gender audit training program held in Delhi
ADB in collaboration with UN Women India and the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India, organized a 2-day workshop on "Gender Audit - Theory and Practice" on 11-12 July. ADB’s policy on gender and development supports the Government of India's objective on promoting gender equality and women empowerment. About 40 participants from the executing agencies of ADB-supported projects, the Government line ministries, UN Women, and ADB staff attended the workshop. The panelists included Rakesh Srivastava, Secretary, Ministry of Women and Child Development; Kenichi Yokoyama, Country Director, ADB India Resident Mission; Dr. Rebecca Tavares, Representative, UN Women India; and Ajay S. Singh, Chief of Controller, Ministry of Rural Development.
Plan International launches Partner Engagement Day
Over 50 of Plan International's Youth Employment Specialists convened on 28 June at the ADB Headquarters to discuss global issues in youth employment, education, and gender. The Partner Engagement Day also featured side meetings between Plan staff and ADB project officers to advance activities under the ADB-Plan International Partnership memorandum of understanding.
Climate change, gender integrated in Cambodia's planning process
About 90 representatives from the government, civil society, and development partners on 27-28 June in Phnom Penh discussed Cambodia's progress in integrating indicators of climate change adaptation and gender considerations in planning processes, and in ADB projects cofinanced by the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience. Senior Minister and Minister of Planning Chhay Than and the secretaries of State for Women's Affairs and for the Environment, led discussions. ADB Cambodia Resident Mission Country Director Samiuela Tukuafu in his welcome remarks emphasized ADB's proactive assistance for the government's priorities.
Asia Foundation, ADB sign MOU on knowledge partnership
The Asia Foundation Senior VP for Programs Gordon Hein and ADB VP Susantono signed a memorandum of understanding on 10 May in ADB headquarters. The Environment, Gender, Governance, and Regional Cooperation and Integration thematic groups will work closely with the Asia Foundation in areas of common interest in the region.