At the same time, gender equality offers our best hope of getting all the SDGs back on track. This is both a precondition and an enabler for progress across all goals.
That’s why this question of how we can work together is so crucial and so important right now, because we need to put gender equality at the heart of our joint solutions. And we must also put quality and innovation at the heart of our joint solutions.
At the midpoint of the 2030 Agenda, we also need to revitalize our commitments, accelerate our efforts and capacities, and continuously strengthen our institutions and infrastructures, all to support Member States in their efforts to achieve their national development priorities and the 2030 Agenda. I would like to underline here, as my colleague Achim Steiner has also underlined, that it is so important that everything is centered on the national priorities and the agendas of the countries until 2030, and that is that we will achieve the most success.
As part of our triple mandate as UN Women, we work on this effectively across the UN system and also through strategic partnerships. There are many aspects to this, but I will focus on just two of them.
First, we need more real joint programs, real shared, ambitious and transformative efforts. And which have clear and measurable objectives that allow us to really judge our collective successes but also our collective failures.
These joint programs should bring together key SDG 5 stakeholders, including government, civil society, public institutions including IFIs, the private sector and the United Nations, to work in harmony to drive impact. accelerated at the pace and scale we so desperately need.
At UN Women, we model this approach. For example, together with sister UN agencies, governments and civil society partners, we and the ILO promote decent employment for women and investments in the care economy, an area where we need of accelerated joint action. This is being rolled out in five countries – Argentina, Egypt, Ethiopia, Morocco and Nepal. The program generated policy tools that enabled 21 additional UN country teams to support their governments in integrating gender data and analysis into macroeconomic policy and addressing unpaid care through policy design.
In Ethiopia, the joint program contributed to the development of a national policy on gender equality and women’s empowerment, and program findings are informing national gender and care strategies.
We are also delighted that at UN Women almost a third of our programming budget is dedicated to joint programmes, one of the highest in the system, and I am determined to go higher.
Second, we must ensure that the commitments we make are backed by a real and substantial allocation of resources. The willingness to allocate resources to us is a litmus test of the credibility of our rhetoric on gender equality.
Tools such as the OECD-DAC Gender Marker, Gender Bonds, ongoing efforts in IFIs and other financial institutions, as well as efforts to strengthen gender responsive budgeting at the national level , actually pushed this agenda forward. They are important and need to be more widespread and further strengthened and solidified.
At the United Nations level, the System-Wide Action Plan performance indicators show us that the number of United Nations entities that track financial allocations and expenditures on gender equality and empowerment of women through the Gender Equality Marker is on the rise. They are now 28 out of 68 entities (in which the use of financial monitoring is applicable), up by 10 over the last decade. We can celebrate this while encouraging parts of the system that have not yet been able to join this group to do so.
And finally, by sharing investment data publicly, we can also encourage a race to the top among all SDG 5 partners, with each of us putting the maximum resources on the table for our collective efforts.
I thank you.