What We Do
All human development and human rights issues have gender dimensions. UN Women focuses on priority areas that are fundamental to women’s equality, and that can unlock progress across the board.
Women’s Leadership and Political Participation
From the local to the global level, women’s leadership and political participation are compromised. Women are underrepresented as voters, as well as in leading positions, whether in elected offices, civil services, the private sector or academia. This occurs despite their proven abilities as leaders and agents of change, and their right to participate equally in democratic governance.
Ending Violence against Women
Peace and Security
UN system coordination
Governance and National Planning
Post-2015 Development Agenda and SDGs
As the 2015 target date for reaching the Millennium Development Goals approaches, a wide range of activities are being undertaken by UN Member States, the UN system, civil society organizations, academia, research institutions and others on identifying the shape and priorities of a post-2015 development agenda.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
In 2015, countries agreed on the need for comprehensive financing for development; they will adopt a new sustainable development agenda; and they are expected to adopt a new global agreement on climate change. Concluding a negotiating process that has spanned more than two years and featured the unprecedented participation of civil society, on 2 August 2015, governments united behind an ambitious agenda that features 17 new sustainable development goals (SDGs) and 169 targets that aim to end poverty, combat inequalities and promote prosperity while protecting the environment by 2030.