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Millennium Development Goal 3 Needs Assessment and Costing Workshop Launched

26 May 2011

UB holds Distinguished Lecture in Belmopan to launch Millennium Development Goal 3 Needs Assessment and Costing Workshop under the theme “Gender and Economics”

The University of Belize in partnership with the Ministry of Economic Development and the United Nations Development Programme, Belize will host a Distinguished Lecture at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, 30 May at the Jaguar Auditorium, Central Campus in Belmopan.

The Distinguished Lecture entitled “Gender Responsive Economic Policy Management and Sustainable Development: The Critical Link” will be delivered by the Director of the Gender Unit of UNDP, New York, Ms. Winnie Byanyima (pronounced Bya-ni-ma).

At the lecture Ms. Byanyima will officially launch a training workshop titled “Millennium Development Goal Needs Assessment and Prognosis: Costing MDG 3 – Promote gender equality and empower women”.  The workshop will be conducted by a high-level UNDP Gender Team from 30th May to 1st June. It is being held in order to enable sector-wide participation and to increase national capacity for MDG-based planning, in particular on the use of needs assessment and costing tools.

At the conclusion of the three day workshop, a Technical Working Group consisting of representation from various government and non-government organizations is expected to lead the MDG-based planning process while providing guidance on the selection of a comprehensive set of interventions that comprise each investment cluster. This group will convene on June 2nd and 3rd at the Black Orchid Resort in Burrell Boom.

While in Belize, Ms. Byanyima as well as representatives from the Government of Belize and UNDP will be discussing MDG 3 on various media. The media and the public are cordially invited to attend Ms. Byanyima’s Distinguished Lecture at the University of Belize on Monday May 30th from 9 to 11:30 AM.  Members of the media are also invited to provide coverage of the workshop at the Radisson Hotel from May 30 in the afternoon to June 1, 2011.