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Remarks by Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, at the SDG Moment 2020

Friday, September 18, 2020

In her remarks at the SDG Moment during the 75th UN General Assembly, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said: "Societies benefit when women can rise to opportunities. A profound transformation of economies is required for a just, sustainable future where women are at the centre".

Interview with Motegi Toshimitsu, Japanese Minister for Foreign Affairs

Thursday, September 3, 2020

The Government of Japan is a vital partner in UN Women’s mission to achieve gender equality and women’s empowerment. UN Women and Japan work together in the areas of humanitarian action; women, peace and security; and preventing violent extremism in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and the Arab States. In an interview with UN Women, Japan’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Motegi Toshimitsu, highlights why realizing gender equality is an important goal for Japan.

Gender assessments in Europe and Central Asia reveal pandemic’s devastating impact on women

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

A survey to assess the gendered impacts of COVID-19 on women’s and men’s lives and livelihoods in ten countries/territories across Europe and Central Asia has revealed dire findings.

Op-ed: The role of digitalization in the Decade of Action

Monday, July 6, 2020

In an op-ed on the role of digitalization in the decade of action, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka addresses the role of digitalization in achieving the SDGs, and the importance of technology and innovation to achieving gender equality and inclusive development has never been clearer nor more urgent.

Press release: Gender lens essential to addressing linked climate change and security crises, urges joint UN report

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

As COVID-19 layers crisis upon crisis in communities affected by climate change and conflict, gender-responsive action is urgently needed

Advice from activists: How COVID-19 is changing climate activism for young women

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

This year on Earth Day, 22 April, we asked young women and girls on the front lines of climate activism how all of us can be a part of the movement, from the safety of our own homes, and what we can we learn from how the pandemic is affecting our planet.

From where I stand: “Expanding economic opportunities of women is key to ensure safety and prosperity”

Thursday, January 30, 2020

24-year-old Kursanali kyzy Begimai is the leader of a self-help group in a village on the disputed Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan border. Running a profitable agro-business and conflict-resolution initiatives, her group is now an example to other community members in the village.

I am Generation Equality: Natalie Isaacs, climate action warrior

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Billions of people across the world stand on the right side of history every day. They speak up, take a stand, mobilize, and take big and small actions to advance women’s rights. This is Generation Equality. Natalie Isaacs is the founder and CEO of 1 Million Women, a global movement of women and girls who take practical action to fight climate change by changing the way they live.

Investing in gender equality for transformative climate actions

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Global leaders gathered in New York for the UN General Assembly announced on 23 September concrete commitments to address climate change, at the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit. Among the commitments, there was a gender-specific initiative through which governments commit to clear action points to promote gender equality in the context of climate action.

Editorial spotlight: Climate action with women

Friday, September 13, 2019

As the United Nations prepares for the 2019 Climate Action Summit, the world we live in continues to be devastated by catastrophic storms, severe water crisis, drought, and record levels of emissions. Promoting women’s leadership in climate action is at the heart of UN Women’s efforts around the world.

In the Bolivian Amazon, women are protecting the forest and empowering themselves

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

While parts of the Amazon are in flames across Brazil and eastern Bolivia—from fires largely caused by burning to clear arable land—communities in northern Bolivia are protecting their forests through a series of economic empowerment projects.

Press release: IIX and UN Women partner to empower millions of women through innovative finance

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

With the shared goals to close the funding gap for advancing gender equality and the dedicated Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5, IIX and UN Women will collaborate on a series of activities including the development of financial instruments that leverage public funding to unlock greater private capital for women; the engagement of new actors to increase investments that are sensitive to gender issues; and a commitment to measure social and economic outcomes for women beneficiaries. The partnership, announced at a signing ceremony in New York today, aims to unlock billions in capital for millions of women.

Editorial spotlight: High-level Political Forum 2019

Monday, July 8, 2019

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.

Promoting women’s leadership in Disaster Risk Reduction and resilience

Friday, May 31, 2019

The need for women’s leadership and gender-responsive Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and resilience-building were at the centre of the sessions recently organized by UN Women in the context of the World Reconstruction Conference 4 (WRC4), on 13-14 May, and the 2019 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GP), on 15-17 May, in Geneva.

Ask a climate activist: Why is it important to engage women in promoting biodiversity and sustainable waste management in the Caribbean?

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Ruth Spencer, GEF/SGP National Coordinator from Antigua connects with people everywhere she goes—in the market, in church, at the parking lot or in the halls of the United Nations. She builds networks and capacity of local community groups through education, training, resource mobilization and partnership-building, especially for climate action. Recently, she has set up a network of local groups and individuals in the island of Antigua and Barbados to promote sustainable waste management. As a participant in a workshop on gender-responsive global biodiversity framework, she spoke to UN Women about women’s conservation efforts.

Take five: “Changing everyday habits will have an impact”

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Milena Zindovic is an urban planner and gender expert and member of the Association of Women Architects in Serbia. Zindovic, with the support of UN Women studied current waste management practices in Serbian households to understand the role of women in both waste creation and management. The study will be used by UN Women to create targeted campaigns to raise awareness of waste management and climate action among women and their communities.

Press release: SDGs and Her Initiative announces the winners of 2019 global competition

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

On 18 March, the global SDGs and Her Competition announced the winners of the 2019 global competition.The winning entries are Taxshe, owned by Vandana Suri from India, and Green Business Innovation, owned by Saida Yusupova from Uzbekistan.

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.

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

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.

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