No. CCXXXVI; November 30, 2015

THIS ISSUE'S HIGHLIGHTS:
I.          POLAND TO HOST 2016 GLOBAL SUMMIT OF WOMEN
II.            GLOBAL SUMMIT OF WOMEN'S 25TH ANNIVERSARY DINNER IN WASHINGTON, DC

III.        COLLOQUIUM ON GLOBAL DIVERSITY: CREATING A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD FOR WOMEN
IV.        CLIMATE CHANGE EFFECT ON GLOBAL ECONOMY



I. POLAND TO HOST 2016 GLOBAL SUMMIT OF WOMEN

The leading economy in Central and Eastern Europe, Poland is the proud host of the 2016 Global Summit of Women on June 9-11, 2016.  Under the theme of “Women – Building an Inclusive Economy in the Digital Age”, over 1,000 women leaders in business and government from over 70 countries are expected to join the 2016 Summit at the Hilton Warsaw Hotel.  The theme spotlights women’s influence in creating stronger economies in this era of new technologies affecting the way government and corporations do business.  As it has for the past 25 years, the Summit continues to focus on solutions in increasing women’s economic empowerment globally, while providing skills-building sessions and establishing networks of women leaders in business and government. 

Government leaders confirmed to participate to date include the Prime Minister of Latvia Laimdota Straujuma and President of Kosovo Atifete Jahjaga who will be featured in a special Presidents Forum at the Summit.  Prime Minister Straujuma has ably led a period of strong economic growth in Latvia while undergoing reform of the health care and education system.  President Jahjaga has steadied Kosovo over the past four years through peace-building and reconciliation.  The Heads of State will be joined by over 30 women government ministers, who will participate once again in a pre-Summit Ministerial Roundtable focused on public-private sector projects which have succeeded in advancing economic opportunities for women and girls.

                      
Prime Minister of Latvia Laimdota Straujuma and President of Kosovo Atifete Jahjaga are two of the women leaders participating in the 2016 Global Summit of Women. Poland's women leaders include Prime Minister Beata Szydlo and Warsaw Mayor Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz.

Since October 2015, the Prime Minister of Poland is a woman, Beata Szydlo, succeeding another woman Ewa Kopacz in the lead role.  In addition, the Mayor of Warsaw is a woman, Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, who is looking forward to welcoming delegations of entrepreneurs and corporate executives joining the Summit from countries including France, Spain, Germany, the U.S., South Africa, Tunisia, and Mongolia, among others. 

Finally, a special opportunity to continue the networking at the Summit while partaking in the rich cultural history of Poland, a post-Summit excursion to Krakow is offered exclusively to Summit delegates.  For 340 Euros (approximately $365 US$), the tour includes round-trip train ticket from Warsaw, two nights at a 5-star hotel close to the center of Old Krakow, lunch organized by the Mayor of Krakow, a tour of the Wieliczka Salt Mine (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), and other activities. 

For more information on the 2016 Global Summit of Women, including Summit Registration Form, Hotel Information, and Post-Summit Tour to Krakow, please visit www.globewomen.org/globalsummit.  Given high interest in participating in the Summit, delegates are urged to complete the registration process as soon as possible to guarantee their space in the event. 



II. GLOBAL SUMMIT OF WOMEN'S 25TH ANNIVERSARY DINNER IN WASHINGTON, DC


Over two hundred guests from five continents gathered to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Global Summit of Women at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on November 13, 2015.  The event featured a parade of Summit participants sharing their first experience attending the Summit, an overview of the achievements of the Global Summit of Women throughout the past 25 years, an address from President of Kosovo Atifete Jahjaga, and a dialogue led by renowned U.S. journalists Eleanor Clift of the Daily Beast, Maureen Bunyan of WJLA-TV, with President Jahjaga. 

Taking place at the time of the terrorist attacks in Paris, Summit President Irene Natividad and other participants stressed the need for the Global Summit of Women to continue its efforts to bring together a globally diverse group of women leaders in business and government to increase women's economic opportunities and to bridge the differences between cultures. 

"It was heart-warming to see so many familiar faces who traveled far to Washington, DC, to celebrate with us as well as guests learning about the Summit for the first time," said Natividad. "The Summit has had a great effect on the lives of women leaders and it clearly means a lot to them." 
For photos and a slideshow of the celebration, click here.

III.        COLLOQUIUM ON GLOBAL DIVERSITY: CREATING A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD FOR WOMEN

The Global Summit of Women is pleased to announce that its 2016 Colloquium on Global Diversity: Creating a Level Playing Field for Women will be hosted by TimeWarner in New York on February 25-26, 2016.  The Colloquium is the leading Executive Roundtable featuring cross-border best practices on gender equity in the workplace within a global context.

Executives from multi-national corporations in France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, among others, will join their U.S.-based peers for exchanges of company-wide programs advancing women in the workforce.  The 2016 program also features dinner roundtables focusing on the role of middle managers in growing an inclusive workforce.

A sampling of presenters includes: Rohini Anand, Senior Vice President, Global Diversity and Inclusion for Sodexo; the Hon. Cari M. Dominguez, Board Director and former Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunities Commission; Rosa Riera, Vice President for Employee Branding and Diversity at Siemens AG; and Karyn Twaronite, Global Diversity and Inclusiveness Officer at EY.

For more information on the Colloquium, please visit www.globewomen.org/globaldiversity


IV.        CLIMATE CHANGE EFFECT ON GLOBAL ECONOMY

As 150 world leaders meet in Paris this week for the United Nations National Climate Change Conference (COP21), the future of the global economy could be at stake.  Recent research from Stanford University and Berkeley finds that climate change could cause a fall of greater than 20 percent of GDP globally, several times higher than previous estimates, with the greatest effect being on countries in the tropics.

As temperatures around the globe rise, countries are beginning to feel the effects through damage to property and infrastructure, loss of productivity, and mass migration and security concerns.  Global warming is likely to increase the number of people who are forced to leave their homes because of drought, flooding, or other climate-related disasters. These mass movements of people and social disruption have the potential to lead to civil unrest and other unintended consequences.

The research found that an optimal average temperature coincides with peak productivity of labor and crops.  Countries where the temperature is hotter than optimal are likely to face the most dramatic economic pain from further warming, though economic powers such as the U.S., China, and Japan are also increasingly vulnerable to economic losses as temperature warms.

Research also showed that over the past six decades, economies have not adapted well to hotter temperatures.  If countries fail to respond to rising temperatures, the researchers believe that national economies could suffer even further than predicted. (Bloomberg, “Climate Change Slams Global Economy in a New Study,” 10/21/15)  

The Global Summit of Women 2016 in Warsaw, Poland will take a look at the effect of climate change on the economy in its opening plenary session on Global and Regional Megatrends.  "As an economic conference for women in business and government, it is necessary for us to understand how geopolitical and weather trends impact women in the global economy in order to ensure that women's opportunities are enhanced rather than limited," states Summit President Irene Natividad.

Join us in Warsaw, Poland for the 2016 Global Summit of Women

*** June 9-11, 2016 ***
 
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN AT WWW.GLOBEWOMEN.ORG/GLOBALSUMMIT
 

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