International Women's Day: International Colloquium on Women's Leadership, in Liberia, with the participation of Margot Wallström and Androulla Vassiliou
End production: 08/03/2009 First transmission: 08/03/2009
Margot Wallström, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Institutional Relations and Communication Strategy, and Androulla Vassiliou, Member of the EC in charge of Health, attended the International Colloquium on Women's Leadership, Empowerment, Peace and Security in Monrovia, Liberia, on 7 and 8 March 2009. The Colloquium coincided with the International Women's Day on 8 March and provided an important platform for promoting women's empowerment at a global level. The principle of equality between men and women is a core value of the European Union, both in its internal and external policies.
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||Views of Downtown Monrovia (3 shots)
||General view of the Samuel Kayon Doe Sports Complex (2 shots)
||Kids taking part in celebration
||Arrival of Margot Wallström, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Institutional Relations and Communication Strategy, and Androulla Vassiliou, Member of the EC in charge of Health (3 shots)
||Arrival of Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President of Liberia (2 shots)
||General view of the Colloquium
||SOUNDBITE by Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf (in ENGLISH): by your presence, you motivate, you inspire, you challenge us, as Liberians, to continue to work for a better future.
||SOUNDBITE by Margot Wallström (in ENGLISH): I am glad of our new Europe/Africa agenda, because we work together, the European Commission and the African Commission; it reflects more and more the kind of agenda we women can readily endorse, a holistic agenda for tackling climate change, pursuing the millennium development goals, addressing peace and security issues, gender equality and a need for truly sustainable development; so I am looking forward to our discussions and to seeing the outcomes implemented by effective action, because we have to move from words to deeds.
||Thematic session on climate change: arrival of Margot Wallström
||Cutaway of the audience
||SOUNDBITE by Margot Wallström (in ENGLISH): the EU, and whatever we have done, we cannot do it alone, we need to co-operate and we need to bring others along with us; and that is why the main focus in 2009, as you have heard from President Halonen, will be the international negotiations and we want a global agreement at the UN Summit in Copenhagen in December 2009, we want a global agreement on future climate action which would put the world on a path to limit average global warming to 2 degrees above pre industrial levels; even that will change our lives on this planet.
||SOUNDBITE by Margot Wallström (in ENGLISH): a large part of these investments will be made by developing countries themselves but developed countries will need to significantly increase their support; and we are aware that discussing further public financial investments right now is challenging but we have only a narrow window of opportunity with regard to tackling climate change and we need to invest now in a cleaner future.
||Views of stores outside the Colloquium (2 shots)