A closer look into this year’s WPL Summit programme

Friday, May 17, 2019
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The WPL Summit 2019 is set to progress on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on the eve of the G20 Summit. On June 25-27, in the premises of the National Diet of Japan, renowned politicians from all regions of the world will discuss tangible proposals around the theme of ‘Advancing Society Through SDGs’.


The WPL Summit, held for the first time in the Asian-Pacific region, will seek responses to some of the biggest challenges society is facing in the implementation of the SDGs and will focus on the roles of women and parliamentarians in such endeavours.


Participants will discuss what actions can be taken to advance society through the SDGs; what is the role of women as political leaders in this advancement, in Asia and around the world. The SDGs will also be used as lenses through which to consider climate change and how public health is a foundation of thriving economies. What can be done to address climate change and establish a recycling society? How to ensure women’s health is safeguarded to build healthier and more prosperous economies? And is “Womenomics” — the term Japan adopted for policies striving towards higher participation of women in the labour market — the smart choice? Throughout these discussions, participants will also address the question of who are the leaders of tomorrow that will find responses to future needs?


The main themes discussed in the plenary sessions will be complemented by policy focussed sessions touching upon specific SDGs.