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Making the SDGs work for women: Experts meet at the UN ahead of High-Level Political Forum

18 May 2017

UN Women and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) will convene an expert group meeting from 30 to 31 May at UN Headquarters in New York, to discuss “Strategies to Achieve Gender Equality and Empower all Women and Girls through the Gender-responsive Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. More

No more business as usual: UN seeks to raise women’s participation in intergovernmental forums

01 May 2017

UN Women will launch a publication titled “Shaping the international agenda: Raising women’s voices in intergovernmental forums” at a high-level event in New York on 2 May, 2017. More

Remarks by Lakshmi Puri, Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women at the opening of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

26 April 2017

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’s promises to leave no one behind and reach the furthest first provide additional momentum and impetus for addressing the situation of indigenous women. Yet, the 20-year review of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action in 2015 revealed that indigenous women across the world continue to face disproportionate levels of discrimination, exclusion and violence both as women and as members of indigenous communities. More

Statement of the UN Inter-Agency Support Group on Indigenous Issues

24 April 2017

Statement delivered by UN Women on behalf of the UN Inter-Agency Support Group on Indigenous Issues, at the 16th Session United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. More

Young filmmakers celebrate activists and civil society leaders during CSW61

21 April 2017

During the 61st Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) in March 2017, a film and arts segment kicked off the UN Women-organized event, “Supporting Feminist Movement Building for Planet 50-50 by 2030”, with a series of short films produced by 13 young filmmakers and photographers from 11 countries. Six of the filmmakers were supported by the Yvonne Hebert scholars programme, administered by UN Women, which provides scholarships to participate in the Commission on the Status of... More

Why I come to CSW…

27 March 2017

More than 3,900 civil society representatives from 138 countries came to New York in March to take part in the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women. The Commission is the largest global intergovernmental forum on gender equality and the empowerment of women. We asked civil society representatives what they come to the forum for, and what do they takeaway. More

“The clear objective of our time is parity' rooted in women's empowerment” – UN chief Guterres

20 March 2017

UN Secretary-General António Guterres met with women’s rights activists attending the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women to discuss challenges, opportunities and the way forward to ensure gender equality and women’s empowerment, including how the UN can deliver on its own commitments on gender equality. The town-hall style discussion was moderated by Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. More

UN Women and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts partnership puts girls and young women in the lead for sustainable development

20 March 2017

On the sidelines of the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women, UN Women and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts formalized their long-standing partnership of seven years by signing a Memorandum of Understanding that aims to strengthen their collaboration to advance gender equality and rights of all girls and young women. More

Speech: “Together we must leverage the strength of international agreements and frameworks”—Lakshmi Puri

16 March 2017

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the opening of the CSW61 Review Theme on challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls. More

Statement by Executive Director: “Constructive impatience for change”

13 March 2017

Opening statement by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women for the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women More

Youth powering gender equality at CSW61

10 March 2017

At the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women, youth come together to strategize and collaborate to achieve gender equality and sustainable development. More

Latin America and the Caribbean commit to empower women at work

09 February 2017

Women's ministers and top gender officials from 23 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean concluded the Regional Consultations leading up to the 61st session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61), calling for decisive measures to promote women’s economic empowerment. More

Coverage: UN Women Deputy Executive Director attends pre-CSW meeting in Panama

08 February 2017

UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri attended the Regional Consultations for Latin America and the Caribbean, in Panama City, from 6 – 8 February, in the lead up to the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61). The intergovernmental meeting convened top gender officials from 25 countries from the region to forge a common position on women´s economic empowerment in the changing world of work, the priority theme for the upcoming CSW61 to be held in New York in March. More

Speech: “We must transform the world of work”—Lakshmi Puri

07 February 2017

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director and UN Assistant Secretary-General Lakshmi Puri at the Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Consultations for CSW61 in Panama on 6 February. More

Africa to speak in one voice on key issues to boost women’s economic empowerment at CSW61

30 January 2017

The Africa Ministerial Pre-Consultative Meeting convened in Addis Ababa to prepare for the upcoming 61st session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women concluded successfully with a unified Africa position, “One Africa One Voice”. More

Speech: “Your leadership and commitment are critical to ensuring a successful outcome of CSW61”—Lakshmi Puri

30 January 2017

Opening remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the Multi-Stakeholder Forum on “Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Changing World of Work” on 30 January. More

Speech: “We have opportunities as much as we have challenges”—Executive Director

26 January 2017

Remarks by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, at the closing of the 9th African Union Gender Pre-Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia More

Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka to attend the Africa Union Summit in Ethiopia

24 January 2017

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will visit Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 24 – 28 January to attend the Ninth African Union Gender Pre-Summit, an annual event to take stock on progress on gender equality in the continent, and to lead the pre-CSW61 Africa Regional consultations. More

Media Advisory: At COP22, UN Women to spotlight central role of women in climate response

08 November 2016

Following the historic Paris Agreement, as the first Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 22) convenes in Marrakech from 7-18 November, the meeting provides a unique opportunity to ensure policy direction towards implementation of gender-responsive climate actions at all levels. The Paris Agreement, signed by 197 Parties (ratified by 94 to date) commits to promote gender equality obligations when addressing climate change. More

“Commitments must lead to actual change” – Lakshmi Puri

12 July 2016

Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, Session 6, “Ensuring that no one is left behind – Creating peaceful and more inclusive societies and empowering women and girls” More

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