This year's topic refers to Millennium Development Goal #3 which aims to "Promote gender equality and empower women".
In order to accomplish this goal the target is to "eliminate gender disparity in primary and secondary education preferably by 2005, and at all levels by 2015."
The United Nation's has set the following as indicators to measure the achievement of this goal:
During the 2010 UN/NGO IRENE Conference we have invited a number of outstanding international and national speakers who will speak about best practices and experiences regarding the Economic and Social Council theme for this year. We will hear from:
There will be an opportunity for you to ask questions to these individuals and a panel including:
But, we also will be asking for your experiences and insights through a Round Table Brainstorming Session where will begin to outline a paper to be submitted to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) High Level Substantive Session of the UN.
You will also be asked to actually help draft the paper on Saturday, April 24 during the morning session.