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Take five: UN Women at the global climate conference, COP 24

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Verona Collantes is an Intergovernmental Specialist with UN Women and the focal point for the three Rio Conventions – climate change, desertification and biodiversity. She works with governments, UN entities and other non-government partners to ensure that intergovernmental processes and their outcomes incorporate a gender perspective. Dedicated to improving women’s participation in global processes, Ms. Collantes works to ensure that women, including grassroots, indigenous and young women are represented in intergovernmental fora. More

Op-ed: Women and climate action

Friday, November 9, 2018

Women and girls bear the brunt of the impacts of climate change. Empowering women to fulfil their potential must therefore be at the heart of adaptation strategies More

Press Release: UN Women convenes global business and philanthropic leaders to help accelerate SDG action through women’s empowerment

Thursday, September 27, 2018

One thousand days into the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and counting down to 2030, UN Women convened business and philanthropic leaders on the margins of the 73rd United Nations General Assembly to step up commitments on gender equality and women’s empowerment. Global business and philanthropic leaders pledged more than USD 70 million in 2018 to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment through UN Women. More

Improving gender data to make every woman and girl count

Thursday, September 27, 2018

UN Women and the Government of Mexico launch Global Centre of Excellence on Gender Statistics More

Speech: Empowering women through the sustainable management of natural resources

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Remarks by Åsa Regnér, Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women at the high-level breakfast event on Adapting to Climate Change - Empowering women through the sustainable management of natural resources: Women as agents of change in tackling interlinked challenges related to climate change – sustainable land use, resilience and human security More

Press release: Alwaleed Philanthropies joins UN Women’s groundbreaking global initiative to close gender data gaps

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Alwaleed Philanthropies today joined UN Women’s groundbreaking public-private initiative, “Making Every Woman and Girl Count,” which aims to improve the production, accessibility and use of gender statistics of around the world. More

Press release: Global winners of "SDGs and Her" Competition celebrated at New York event

Monday, September 24, 2018

the global winners of the SDGs and Her Competition were celebrated at a side-event during the high-level week of the UN General Assembly. The contest showcases women micro-entrepreneurs who are helping to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through their businesses. More

Pig pens power a solution to climate change in Viet Nam

Monday, September 10, 2018

Trin Gim has achieved not only financial success with her pig farm, but has harvested waste from the pigs to be converted into combustible methane gas that can be used as energy for cooking and household needs. More

“We must leverage women's voice and influence in water governance”— Åsa Regnér

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Remarks by Åsa Regnér, Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, at the World Water Week celebration in Stockholm on 27 August More

Speech: “We need to strengthen accountability for gender equality commitments at all levels”—Åsa Regnér

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Remarks by Assistant-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, Åsa Regnér, at the side event on “Partnerships that Deliver for Girls and Women” organized by the Deliver for Good campaign during the 2018 HLPF More

Take five: “Leaving no one behind requires specific attention to those that have less resources and opportunities”

Monday, July 9, 2018

Corina Rodríguez Enríquez is an economist and researcher at the Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas and Centro Interdisciplinario para el Estudio de Políticas Públicas in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is also the Executive Committee member of the organization, Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN) and contributed towards UN Women’s report “Progress of Women in Latin America and the Caribbean” in 2017. As the High-Level Political Forum meets in New York to review progress on Sustainable Development Goals, Enríquez spoke to UN Women about the SDGs under review, and what it will take to leave no one behind. More

Blog: At this year’s HLPF, let’s not forget that gender equality is central to achieving all the goals

Friday, July 6, 2018

The transformation to sustainable and resilient societies can only happen when every woman and girl is afforded the same rights and opportunities as men and boys. But, across countries, the reality is one of deeply rooted gender bias, which compromises the principle of equality and human progress through dignity and respect for our planet, which are the bedrock of sustainable development. More

Experts recommend gender-responsive planning, investment and management for sustainable development outcomes for women

Friday, July 6, 2018

In the lead-up to the High-Level Political Forum for sustainable development (9 – 18 July), the main UN process for the review of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a group of experts at a meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, emphasized that planning, investments and management of infrastructure and basic services must take into account women’s use of time and space and address their disproportionate share of unpaid care and domestic work. More

Editorial spotlight: High-level Political Forum 2018

Thursday, July 5, 2018

The High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), the main UN process for the review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), is meeting at the UN Headquarters in New York from 9 – 18 July. More

From where I stand: “The voices of women and girls are completely absent in water management”

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Dilera Mavlonova is only 16 years old, but she knows the importance of women’s leadership in water management. After learning advocacy skills through a UN Women programme, she and her peers raised awareness about women’s unequal burden to provide water for their homes in the village of Chek-Abad near the Kyrgyz-Uzbek border, where there is an unfolding water crisis. As a result, 124 women have joined local councils for water management, including in their executive bodies and committees that resolve conflicts over water. Before, there were only 13 women in these councils, and rarely in any decision-making roles. More

From where I stand: “I can build a solar lamp in twenty minutes”

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Martha Benavente, from Tucurú, a small municipality in Guatemala trained for six months to become a solar engineer, and she is bursting with energy. She can’t wait to start building solar lamps so that her community can have sustainable energy at last. One solar lamp could sell for up to 200 Quetzals, a lucrative business opportunity for a woman in a traditionally male-dominated field. More

Take Five: “The opportunity for sustainable energy entrepreneurship is significant for women”

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Suhela Khan currently leads UN Women’s joint programme with UNEP, called "Women’s Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Energy Programme" in India. Launched at COP 21 in six countries, the Programme works on identifying and removing structural gender-specific barriers that female energy entrepreneurs face, enhancing women’s productive use of sustainable energy, and increasing women’s participation and leadership in developing gender-responsive energy policies. UN Women spoke to Ms. Khan about how women’s access to clean energy and entrepreneurship can be improved in India, which is in the midst of a profound transformation in the energy sector. More

Press release: New UN Women report uncovers significant gaps for women’s empowerment and puts forth robust agenda to shift gears

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

UN Women today launched its flagship report, “Turning promises into action: Gender equality in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. The report demonstrates through concrete evidence and data the pervasive nature of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere, and puts forth actionable recommendations on how to fulfil the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. More

Media advisory: UN Women to launch flagship report “Turning promises into action: gender equality in the 2030 Agenda”

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Two and half years after the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), UN Women looks at what it will really take to achieve the 2030 Agenda in its new flagship report “Turning promises into action: Gender equality in the 2030 Agenda”. More

Expert Group Meeting discusses strengthening gender mainstreaming efforts in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector

Friday, January 12, 2018

UN Women convened an Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on Gender Equality and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, on 14–15 December 2017, to strengthen gender mainstreaming efforts in the WASH sector. The report has been released today. More

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