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

Date: 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”. In a first-of-its-kind comprehensive assessment of global and regional trends in achieving the SDGs from a gender perspective, the report demonstrates through concrete data evidence and analysis the pervasive nature of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere.

The report takes a look at all 17 SDGs and shows their impact on the lives of women and girls. It highlights how the different dimensions of well-being and deprivation are deeply intertwined: A girl who is born into a poor household and forced into early marriage, for example, is more likely to drop out of school, give birth at an early age, suffer complications during childbirth and experience violence—all SDGs targets—than a girl from a higher-income household who marries at a later age. It puts forth recommendations on how to tackle the existing structural inequalities and what is needed to move from promises to action.

Highlights from the report include:

  • Data snapshots and case studies that take an in-depth look at the United States, Colombia, Nigeria, Pakistan, South Africa and Uruguay;
  • Analysis beyond national averages to uncover the yawning gaps between women and girls who, even within the same country such as the United States, are living in worlds apart, because of their income status, race/ethnicity, or where they live;
  • Wide-ranging, concrete recommendations to move SDG implementation, including the roll-out of integrated approaches that leverage policy synergies.
  • The report looks at two specific areas; unpaid care work and ending violence against women, where urgent action is needed.

When and where:

14 February at 12 p.m. EST

UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, will brief the press on the Report as the Guest at the United Nations Noon briefing. Room S-0237 of the UN Secretariat, New York.

UN press accreditation is required to attend the noon briefing. Please find more information at:

The briefing will also be webcast live on:

14 February, 1.30 – 3.30 p.m.

The Report will be launched at the Japan Society (333 E 47th St, New York, NY 10017).

Speakers at the event include:

  • Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women
  • Shahra Razavi, Chief of the Research and Data Section of UN Women and report lead author.
  • Fernando Filgueira, Senior Researcher at Centro Implementación de Políticas Públicas para la Igualdad y el Crecimiento (CIPPEC), Argentina, and Associate Researcher at Centro de Informaciones y Estudios del Uruguay (IESU)
  • Adebayo Olukoshi, Regional Director for Africa and West Asia, International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA)
  • Gita Sen, Distinguished Professor & Director, Ramalingaswami Centre on Equity and Social Determinants of Health, Public Health Foundation of India, and Adjunct Professor, Global Health and Population, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University
  • Nermeen Shaik, Producer and co-host of Democracy Now! (Moderator)

If you are interested in a copy of the embargoed report or would like to interview one of the authors of the report, please contact:

To attend the event, please register here:

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