Women Leaders Forum 2010
Women Connect for Health
In parallel with the United Nations Summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the First Lady of the United Nations Mrs. Ban Ki-moon along with ADA hosted the inaugural Women Leaders Forum on September 19th, 2010 as a side event during the 64th UN General Assembly in New York. This event included more than 250 high-level participants from public and private sectors, including 17 First Ladies from around the world. The theme of the event focused on “Women Connect for Health,” featuring a roundtable discussion on the increasing role mobile technology is playing to achieve the MDGs. The event, which brought together a unique gathering of First Ladies, Heads of State and other visionaries along with leading Mobile Health (mHealth) providers and philanthropists, was held at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City.
The overarching goal of the inaugural Women Leaders Forum was to provide a platform where women leaders could come together to discuss the role that women in developing countries, especially in Africa, play in helping to improve health and well-being of their families and society, and how technology can help meet this end.
Carlos Slim, Chairman of TEL-MEX, provided the keynote address. Presenting speakers included H.E. Pilar Nores de García, the First Lady of Peru, and H.E. Hajiya Amina Sambo, the Second Lady of Nigeria, along with Prof. Awa Marie Coll-Seck, former Executive Director of the Roll-Back Malaria Global Partnership (and now Minister of Health for Senegal), as well as Mr. Hans Vestberg, President and CEO of Ericsson.
“Women Connect for Health” was supported by the the UN Partnership, International Telecommunication Union, Roll Back Malaria Partnership, and many others. Supporting sponsors include: Bharti, Carlos Slim Foundation, Group +, Hariri Foundation, Huawei, Mercury, Rabya, Qatar Foundation and His Highness Prince Walid Bin Talal.