Click here for a full list of UN Women reports to be presented to the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly.
Post-2015 reports leading up to the 68th General Assembly:
At the 2010 High-level Plenary Meeting of the UN General Assembly to review progress towards the MDGs, Governments called not only for accelerated progress towards achieving the MDGs, but also for new thinking on ways to advance the UN development agenda beyond 2015. Since then, a variety of reports and recommendations have been produced.
The UN Task Team Report of 2012 proposed transformative change towards inclusive, people-centred, and sustainable development based on the core values of human rights, equality and sustainability. Later in June 2012, the Rio+20 outcome document established an Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and called on the UN system to provide technical assistance during its information-gathering phase. The OWG is expected to submit a report to the UN General Assembly in September 2014.
In July 2012, the Secretary-General appointed a High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on the post-2015 development agenda. The Panel presented its report to the Secretary-General in May 2013, which provided recommendations regarding their vision on the post-2015 development agenda, key principles for reshaping the global partnership for development and strengthening accountability mechanisms. It equally made a case for a stand-alone goal on gender equality and for mainstreaming a gender perspective in all other goals. People and organizations around the world have also analysed and responded to the report (click here for a compilation of civil society responses).
In June 2013, UN Women published a position paper A transformative stand-alone goal on achieving gender equality, women’s rights and women’s empowerment: Imperatives and key components. It stressed the need for a specific gender goal which commits to achieving gender equality, women’s rights and women’s empowerment in the post-2015 development framework, as well as robust mainstreaming of gender considerations across all parts of the framework.
The annual Millennium Development Goals Report 2013, which measures progress and remaining challenges, was launched on 1 July 2013. It revealed significant strides but noted that progress is uneven, particularly for women and girls, and in many areas is far from sufficient. It also acknowledged that persisting gender-based inequalities in decision-making continue to deny women a say in the decisions that affect their lives.
The UN Development Group (UNDG) through its MDG Taskforce has facilitated national dialogues in 88 countries and convened 11 multi-stakeholder global thematic consultations from August 2012 - August 2013. On 10 September 2013, the UNDG launched the “A Million Voices: The World We Want” report, which summarized the findings of public consultations and surveys that engaged more than 1.3 million people in all 193 UN Member States.
On 25 September 2013, during a full-day special event towards achieving the MDGs, the UN Secretary-General submitted his report on “Accelerating progress towards the Millennium Development Goals and advancing the United Nations development agenda beyond 2015.” Member States also adopted a short outcome document, which highlights priority measures towards achieving the MDGs and provides a road-map for the post-2015 development agenda.