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UVU delegation to attend UN Commission on the Status of Women

26 February 2016 No Comment

For Immediate Release

University Marketing & Communications: Melinda Colton | 801-863-6807 | melindac@uvu.edu

A Utah Valley University delegation will attend, for the first time, the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW60) at the United Nations in New York City March 13–24. UVU students will be represented by Tony Medina, a political science student and president of the Utah International Mountain Forum (UIMF), a coalition of UVU student clubs.

“This year’s CSW theme is ‘women’s empowerment and its link to sustainable development,’” said Medina. “It goes hand in hand with the main focus of activities of the UIMF on the promotion of gender and sustainable mountain development and implementation of the post 2015 agenda in the state of Utah and in the Rocky Mountains region.”

During CSW60, which is the 60th session of the commission, UVU delegation members will share experiences they’ve gained in gender and SMD advocacy through the regular hosting of the International Women of the Mountains Conferences, The conferences have been held in Utah and overseas since 2006; those held in Orem have focused on raising awareness among officials and local communities in the state of Utah and the surrounding region about the importance of SMD and the need for people in Utah to share with the global mountain communities their best practices and experiences in that area.

UVU students also actively contributed to the agendas of the United Nations Open Working Groups on Sustainable Development Goals during 2013–2015 and advocated for inclusion of mountain-related targets among those goals. Three targets on mountains were included by the United Nations in those goals — one in proposed Sustainable Development Goal 6 and two in Goal 15.

Medina will be able to report on the successful hosting, for the first time by UVU students and the UIMF in particular, of the 4th International Women of the Mountains Conference under the umbrella of the United Nations-affiliated Mountain Partnership held at UVU in October 2015. As a result, students gained valuable professional skills and networking opportunities, and the University strengthened its role in the international arena as one of the few universities in North America that is an active contributor to gender and SMD agendas of the United Nations.

Rusty Butler, associate vice president of the Office of International Affair & Diplomacy at UVU, said: “It is a great pleasure for my office to support this visit to New York, a new milestone in UVU students engagement at the United Nations level, and I am sure that they will be able to contribute in a meaningful way to the activities of the 60th session of the CSW60.”

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