Both Merkel and Dlamini-Zuma will chair major international summits in June and ONE called on the politicians to use these meetings to further the cause of poverty-struck women.
In an open letter posted on ONE.org and addressed directly to Merkel and Dlamini-Zuma the group said:
"If your summits reach the right agreements, great financing and momentum around girls and women's empowerment can be placed at the heart of the new global goals. That in turn will frame how global policies are decided, and trillions of dollars spent, over the next 15 years."
"If we get this right, we could help lift every girl and woman out of poverty by 2030 – and by doing so we will lift everyone. Get this wrong and extreme poverty, inequality and instability might spread in the most vulnerable regions, impacting all our futures," it later added.
Merkel will chair this year's G-7 summit on June 7-8, while Dlamini-Zuma will chair the African Union summit. The 41st meeting of the G-7 countries—the world's seven richest countries—will see powerful leaders assemble in Bavaria, Germany, to discuss the world's economy, in addition to development, security and foreign policies.
Both the G-7 and the African Union summits come ahead of an important United Nations (UN) meeting in July. This meeting is for global policymakers to establish new "sustainable development goals," which will set the agenda in future years for global efforts to support development in poorer countries.
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