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Lalla Hasnaa At Women’s Forum In Canada: Leadership For The Environment – OpEd


Princess Lalla Hasnaa, President of the Mohammed VI Foundation for Environment protection, took part, on Thursday in Toronto, in the Women’s Forum Canada 2018, slated May 10-11 under the theme “Bridging the gap: A call to the G7 for inclusive progress.” A two-day conference that will focus on the opportunities of women empowerment worldwide. Female leaders from the worlds of politics and business will congregate to tackle the world’s biggest problems and seek to bring added value, not just on gender issues, but human issues in general. Distinguished participants will present their ideas and visions that will be tested and workshopped in various panels and speeches at the conference where more than 600 global leaders are expected to attend.

The forum “aims to drive progress in women’s advancement and develop the future of diversity by engaging corporate leadership at the highest levels, and to influence the G7 Summit through a set of recommendations on gender policies.” In particular, the conference will be addressed by the General Director of the world Bank Kristalina Georgieva and Sophie Gregoire Trudeau.

We want to bring added value, not just on gender issues, but human issues,” said Women’s Forum managing director Chiara Corazza. “What’s happening in Japan is very different than what’s happening in Germany … but we want to listen, we want to highlight the good ideas.”

The event is expected to attract more than 600 global leaders. Among the speakers will include the Director of the world Bank Kristalina Georgieva, General Director of Me to We Rockin Joyal and editor in chief of Vogue Mexico Karla Martinez.

Princess Lalla Hasnaa took part in the plenary session themed “working together on climate change, oceans and energy”, during which Her Royal Highness gave a speech.

In front of nearly 600 leaders, Her Royal Highness discussed two aspects of her action: leadership for the environment and commitment of a mother. Lalla Hasnaa explained that actions conducted by her foundation to raise awareness about the environment involve people of all ages and the whole society to change behaviours for the benefit of the environment.

Princess Lalla Hasnaa is also very active for the inclusion of all social segments in the continent’s economic development.

To achieve this educational and behavioural mutation, she always advocates for empowering women who have a huge impact on children’s education and society in general.

Princess Lalla Hasnaa has been an environment activist since 1999, and is also a mother committed to protect the future of her children and next generations.

Afterwards, Princess Lalla Hasnaa attended a panel on “Inclusive Climate Actions” focusing on the importance of fighting climate change and pooling efforts to reach tangible results for the well-being of the planet and humanity.

Princess Lalla Hasnaa has always recalled the paramount importance of education for sustainable development, today essential lever to deeply change the behavior of citizens and face the challenges of global warming. This level embodied in article 6 of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and article 12 of the Paris Agreement underscores the importance of education, training, public awareness, public access to information and international cooperation to effectively combat climate change.

Efforts made in the field of education for sustainable development have become the mandatory matrix of any action in favor of the environment. The difficulties faced by governments in changing current behavior lead to the view that education will rapidly induce the necessary inflection.

“People in the G7 needs to hear different voices, said Corazza. – Including the voices of women. The empowerment of women is not about empowering women just because they are women; it is about providing women who deserve it, opportunities where they deserve.”

According to Corazza, Canada was chosen as the venue because of the administration of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and how much attention he pays to women. Trudeau’s wife, Sophie grégoire Trudeau, who has long advocated for gender equality, will also speak at the forum.

The forum is expected proposals on the economic empowerment of women and increasing the rate of female participation in the male-dominated fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

The Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society is an international platform looking at major social and economic issues from women’s perspectives. Founded in 2005, the Forum seeks to give voice to leading women and men in politics, business, civil society and universities through various international meetings.

This year the event will be held a month before the G7 Summit in 2018 in La Malbaie, so it is expected that the discussions on the Women’s Forum will influence the decisions taken at the G7.

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Said Temsamani

Said Temsamani is a Moroccan political observer and consultant, who follows events in his country and across North Africa. He is a member of Washington Press Club.

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