Sustainable development requires more investment in gender equality

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Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

The international community has not sufficiently invested in gender equality over the past two decades, not since the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, according to the UN Secretary-General.

This Declaration, signed in 1995, is considered the most progressive framework for securing women’s equal rights.

But speaking at the Third International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa, Ban Ki-moon said the funding gap for gender equality has been a barrier to achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

Siobhán Garside reports.

At one of the conference's side events which focused on gender equality, UN chief Ban Ki-moon highlighted that only 10 per cent of official development assistance is targeting women.

He said this trend can no longer continue. 

"This has to change now if we are to achieve sustained, inclusive and equitable economic growth and development. The Addis Ababa Action Agenda is clear about the need to invest in policy making and legislation to ensure women's equal rights and their participation and leadership in the economy." 

The Secretary-General also emphasized the role of the public sector in prioritizing investments that could benefit women.

He encouraged the private sector to ensure equal pay and access for women to leadership positions.

Siobhán Garside, United Nations.

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