Media advisory: How (un)equal is our world? Latest UN report to reveal the state of gender equality globally

Halfway through the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the world is failing to achieve gender equality, making it an increasingly distant goal, according to “Progress on the Sustainable Development Goals: The gender snapshot 2023”, the latest edition in the annual series produced by UN Women and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA).

The report presents the latest evidence on gender equality across all 17 Goals, including prevailing trends and gaps on the road to 2030. Recent setbacks, particularly among women and girls living in fragile or conflict-affected countries, and growing vulnerability brought on by human-induced climate change, are worsening the outlook of making gender equality a reality by 2030. Fair progress has been made in areas such as girls’ education, maternal mortality, and in narrowing the gender gaps in food insecurity, but much more action is needed to deliver all 2030 Agenda promises to women and girls. Failure to scale up and invest in gender equality now will place the entire 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in peril.

WHAT: Press briefing to launch “Progress on the Sustainable Development Goals: The gender snapshot 2023”


  • Ms. Sarah Hendriks, UN Women Deputy Executive Director, a.i., for Policy, Programme, Civil Society, and Intergovernmental Support
  • Ms. Maria-Francesca Spatolisano, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs, UN DESA
  • Ms. Cindy Cox-Roman, CEO, HelpAge USA

WHEN: Thursday, 7 September 2023, 12.30pm EDT (following the UN Spokesperson’s noon briefing)

WHERE: UN Press Briefing Room, S-237 (livestream on

Hashtags: #GlobalGoals #GenderData #GenderEquality #SDGs

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