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“CSW60 is the first test of our resolve” — Executive Director

Monday, March 14, 2016

Speech by UN Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the opening of the 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women on 14 March, 2016 More

Press release: High-level global UN meeting to focus on ending violence against women

Monday, December 7, 2015

On 9-10 December, over 150 high-level representatives from over 40 UN Member States and the Council of Europe (CoE), UN agencies, academia and NGOs plan to attend Ending Violence against Women: Building on Progress to Accelerate Change, a high-level global UN meeting in Istanbul to assess progress, identify challenges and renew global political commitments to end the pandemic of violence against women and girls. More

Closing remarks at the Global Leaders’ Meeting on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: A Commitment to Action

Monday, September 28, 2015

Closing remarks by UN Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka at the Global Leaders’ Meeting on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, held on 27 September 2015 at UN Headquarters. More

Press release: World leaders agree: We must close the gender gap

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Today, 27 September 2015, some 80 world leaders are convening at the United Nations to personally commit to ending discrimination against women by 2030 and announce concrete and measurable actions to kick-start rapid change in their countries. The event marks a historic first, with pledges delivered by Heads of State and Government. More

Civil society organizations and UN Women strategize on joint work to achieve the SDGs

Friday, September 25, 2015

Civil society thought leaders from all over the world participated in a meeting convened by UN Women in New York to identify key priorities for working together to implement the Beijing Platform for Action and the imminent Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular Goal 5 on gender equality. More

Media Advisory: Global Leaders’ Meeting on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: A Commitment to Action

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

UN Women and the People’s Republic of China will co-host a landmark event in conjunction with the UN Summit on the post-2015 development framework and as part of the 20th Anniversary commemoration of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. At the high-level “Global Leaders’ Meeting on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: A Commitment to Action” event on 27 September, over 70 world leaders are expected to make concrete commitments and firm pledges to overcome gender equality gaps. It is a historic and a unique opportunity: for the first time at the UN, commitments to women and girls will be made at the level of Heads of States and Government. More

UN Women and the Green Belt Movement mark World Environment Day

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

On 5 June UN Women joined hands with the Green Belt movement (GBM) in celebrating this year’s World Environment Day, as the global community also marks the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action. More

"We – you – will accept nothing less than a 50-50 Planet" – Executive Director

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Lecture delivered by UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, on 11 June, addressing the Gender Equality: 50-50 by 2030 commitment, at Chatham House, London. More

UN Women's flagship report "Progress of the World’s Women" is here!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Chock-full of solid in-depth analysis and data, UN Women’s flagship report “Progress of the World’s Women 2015-2016: Transforming Economies, Realizing Rights” will be launched on 27 April in seven cities around the world. More

Media advisory: New York launch of flagship UN Women Report: Progress of the World’s Women 2015-2016

Friday, April 17, 2015

Launch of flagship UN Women Report: Progress of the World’s Women 2015-2016: Transforming Economies, Realizing Rights More

Media Advisory: Launch of Progress of the World’s Women: Transforming Economies, Realizing Rights

Friday, April 17, 2015

Launch of flagship UN Women Report: Progress of the World’s Women 2015-2016: Transforming Economies, Realizing Rights More

“We urge you to place gender equality and women’s empowerment at the heart of the Financing for Development discussions and negotiations” – UN Women Executive Director

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Opening remarks by UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the joint-side event during the Second Drafting Session on the Outcome Document of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development: “Transformative financing for gender equality and women’s empowerment: Expectations from the Financing for Development process” held on 16 April, in New York. More

"Women’s input and leadership is essential for global challenges” – Deputy Executive Director

Monday, March 23, 2015

The annual Women in Parliaments Global Forum, taking place from 23-25 March in Addis Ababa under the theme of New Leadership for Global Challenges focuses on the need for leaders to share insights to navigate the future. The 2015 Forum, co-hosted by the African Union, co-financed by the European Commission will highlight the post-2015 development agenda, as well as celebrate the 20-year anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the blueprint for advancing women’s human rights. Participants include parliamentarians from every region, with working group sessions co-organized by UN Women, UNDP, World Bank and others. The Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director, Lakshmi Puri delivered the keynote address on the post-2015 development agenda. More

Post-Beijing voices

Friday, March 20, 2015

They were toddlers in 1995 when the ground-breaking Beijing Platform for Action was adopted by global leaders. Some of them, not even born. Today they all have one mission—to make sure women’s rights and gender equality are not just words but reality for everyone they know. Infusing fresh meaning into the complex concepts of gender equality, here’s their take on what a gender-equal world would look like. More

Press release: Women’s Empowerment Principles Stakeholders Call for New UN-Business Paradigm

Thursday, March 12, 2015

(New York, 11 March 2015) – Over 300 participants from business, Government, civil society and the UN who gathered for the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) event, Unlimited Potential: Business Partners for Gender Equality, concluded the annual meeting by making an historic call to companies and Governments everywhere to scale up efforts to achieve gender equality, advance economic prosperity and realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). More

Press release: Galvanizing global attention, world leaders, celebrities and activists unveil Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

At a star-studded event today in New York City, high-powered speakers took the stage to put out a clarion call: a firm expiry date of 2030 for gender inequality, with real equality being nothing short of 50-50. The packed Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality event was a UN Women-hosted celebration for the 20th anniversary of the historic Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. Speakers called for bolder actions from governments and louder mobilization from citizens to move forward the agenda on women’s rights and gender equality, saying progress in the last 20 years has been too slow. More

Press release: Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Hillary Clinton and Business Leaders Call for Women’s Economic Empowerment and Rights

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

At the 59th Commission on the Status of Women an unprecedented number of business leaders, UN Member States and civil society organizations gathered for the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) event, Unlimited Potential: Business Partners for Gender Equality, to promote the business case for involving women at every level and the need for all stakeholders, including business, to be strategic partners for gender equality and sustainable development. More

Join the online conversation for the intergenerational dialogue – a flagship UN Women event at CSW59

Monday, March 9, 2015

The Intergenerational Dialogue is an all-day UN Women side event taking place on 13 March. It aims to galvanize young or up-and-coming gender equality activists as they engage with the leaders of the “Beijing generation” who took part in the Fourth World Conference in 1995. More

Stock exchanges ring their opening bells for gender equality

Monday, March 9, 2015

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing and International Women’s Day, stock exchanges from around the world joined UN Women, the UN Global Compact and the Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative in supporting gender equality and highlighting the pivotal role of the private sector in empowering women. More

Press release: Governments commit to scale-up investments in women’s empowerment

Monday, March 9, 2015

UN Commission on the Status of Women adopts declaration to accelerate action on 20th anniversary of Beijing World Conference on Women. More

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