Media advisory: UN Women at the UN General Assembly 2018

Bringing the voices of women and girls to the global forum on top priorities and solutions to advance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development


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The 73rd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 73), is set to open on 18 September 2018 at the UN Secretariat in New York. Presiding over this session is Ecuadorean Foreign Minister María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, under the theme: “Making the United Nations Relevant to All People: Global Leadership and Shared Responsibilities for Peaceful, Equitable and Sustainable Societies”. Garcés is only the fourth woman President of the UNGA in its 73 years. 

For two weeks, leaders from governments, civil society and the private sector, as well as experts, activists, celebrities and other change-makers committed to global good are gathering to discuss a range of challenges—from gender equality to addressing poverty, climate change and inclusive urbanization. The High-level General Debate is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, 25 September, and run until 1 October.

Three years on from the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), UNGA 73 is an opportunity for countries to renew their commitments to gender equality and to accelerate progress towards the SDGs. As the recent UN Women’s flagship report “Turning promises into action: Gender equality in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” shows, gender inequalities prevail in every dimension of sustainable development. In many areas, progress for women and girls remains too slow to achieve the SDGs by 2030. Women’s equality and empowerment is not only one of the SDGs (Goal 5), but also integral to all dimensions of inclusive and sustainable development.

Throughout the session, a wide range of pressing topics for the gender equality agenda is being discussed, such as the pandemic of violence against women and girls, equal pay, gender-responsive migration policies, and the role of men and boys in advancing gender equality. A key pledging event will examine opportunities for the private sector and philanthropists to accelerate progress.

Goodwill Ambassadors from many UN agencies are also participating in events and advocating for specific issues. UN Women’s Goodwill Ambassador Anne Hathaway is speaking at the HeForShe IMPACT Summit on 26 September, and Kristen Bell, an advocate for the Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund, is attending the 27 September event on Accelerating the Women’s Movement for Peace and Humanitarian Action.

Later in the session (on 5 and 8 October), the General Assembly is paying particular attention to ending all forms of violence against women and girls, trafficking in women and girls, and female genital mutilations. Three reports (A/73/294, A/73/266, and A/73/263), prepared by UN Women and being discussed at the international gathering, aims to present best practice examples and make concrete proposals for further action to tackle the scourge of violence and sexual harassment. 

NOTE TO MEDIA: All events are open to the media unless otherwise stated. Events held on UN premises are open only to UN-accredited media. More information at:

UN Women-hosted or co-organized events include:

Monday — 24 September

“SDGs and Her” Awards Ceremony: Women Micro-Entrepreneurs Helping to Achieve the SDGs
The World Bank Group, in partnership with UNDP, UN Women, and the Wharton School Zicklin Center, is hosting an event to celebrate the 2018 winners of the "SDGs and Her" competition for women micro-entrepreneurs whose businesses help achieve the SDGs. The event features the two global winners: Tanzania-based WomenChoice Industries owned by Lucy Odiwa; and Mukuru Clean Stoves of Kenya, owned by Charlot Magayi. The winners were selected from a pool of over 1,200 contenders from 88 countries through a rigorous three-stage judging process. Partner organizations, representatives of UN Member States, and gender activists are participating at the event. SDGs and Her is an online competition for women entrepreneurs who support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through their business operations. More info can be found here. Speakers include: Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka Executive Director of UN Women, Mahmoud Mohieldin, Senior Vice President, World Bank Group, and Achim Steiner, Administrator, UNDP.

WHEN: 24 September, 8 — 9 a.m.
WHERE: UN Women HQ, Conference Room 19th floor, Daily News Building, 220 E 42nd St, New York
RSVP: Please RSVP here. Please bring one form of ID for registration.
INFORMATION FOR MEDIA: Follow the conversation via #SDGsAndHer. The event is being live-tweeted from @Empower_Women.

Tuesday —25 September

She Is Equal: Leveling the Law for Women and Girls by 2030
Reception hosted by Global Citizen, UN Women and the Group of Champions for Women’s Economic Empowerment. The event convenes leaders from government, international and regional organizations, civil society, the private sector and parliaments, as well as youth activists and global influencers for a discussion on legislative reform and women’s economic empowerment. Speakers include: Epsy Campbell Barr, Vice President of Costa Rica; Harriett Baldwin, Minister of State for Africa at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Minister of State at the UK Department for International Development; Åsa Regnér, Deputy Executive Director, UN Women.

WHEN: 25 September, 1 — 3 p.m.
WHERE: Empire Ballroom, InterContinental New York, Barclay, 111 East 48th Street, New York
RSVP: Please click here to RSVP.
INFORMATION FOR MEDIA: Follow the conversation online via #SheisEqual and #LeveltheLaw.

Wednesday — 26 September

HeForShe IMPACT Summit
As part of UN Women’s efforts to engage men and boys in support of gender equality, the HeForShe IMPACT Summit is convening world leaders, global CEOs, activists and celebrities to introduce groundbreaking solutions to achieve gender equality around the world. Among several other speakers, award-winning Actress and UN Women’s Global Goodwill Ambassador, Anne Hathaway, is set to issue a global call to action for gender equality during the Summit.

WHEN: 26 September, 10 a.m. — 12 p.m.
WHERE: Cipriani, 110 East 42nd Street, New York
RSVP: RSVP here:
INFORMATION FOR MEDIA: A press release is being distributed on the day. The event is being livestreamed on

Equal Pay International Coalition (EPIC) Pledging Event
This event aims to accelerate the pace towards achieving equal pay for work of equal value, aligning with SDG 8.5 and SDG 5. One year after the launch of EPIC, global leaders, including Heads of State, CEOs of multinational companies, Heads of employers’ and workers’ organizations, and representatives of renowned universities and civil society organizations are coming together to publicly demonstrate their commitment to work together under the EPIC umbrella by making a pledge. Speakers include: Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, President, Iceland; Pedro Sánchez, Prime Minister of Spain; María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, President of the General Assembly; Ana Maria Menéndez, UN Under Secretary General and Senior Advisor on Policy; Angel Gurría Secretary General, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development; Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director, UN Women; Guy Ryder, Director General, International Labour Organization; Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado, Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Panama; among others.

WHEN: 26 September, 1.15 — 2.45 p.m.
WHERE: South Dining Room, United Nations Headquarters, New York
RSVP: RSVP to Jessica Pak at pak[at]
INFORMATION FOR MEDIA: Follow the conversation via #EqualPay #EPICpledge.

Accelerating Efforts to Eliminate Child Marriage in Africa by 2030
High-level event co-hosted by the Permanent Missions of Zambia and Canada, in partnership with UNICEF, UNFPA and UN Women, where global leaders, and in particular, African leaders are renewing their commitments and accelerating efforts to end child marriage by 2030. Speakers include: Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia; Faustin-Archange Touadéra, President of the Central African Republic; Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa, President of the Republic of Zimbabwe; Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister for International Development, Canada; Amina J. Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary-General; Natalia Kanem, UNFPA Executive Director; Åsa Regnér, Deputy Executive Director, UN Women; and Fatoumata Ndiaye, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director, among others.

WHEN: 26 September, 1.15 — 2.30 p.m.
WHERE: Conference Room 9, United Nations HQ, New York
RSVP: To RSVP, please contact: zambia[at] and, Tel: +1 (212) 888-5213.

The Security Council and Women, Peace and Security (WPS): Fostering Practical Action
Co-organized by the Permanent Missions of Germany, Spain and Namibia, in collaboration with UN Women, this is a high-level event of the WPS Focal Points Network, which aims to strengthen women’s role in conflict prevention, women’s meaningful participation in peace processes and their protection from sexual and gender-based violence. In two years’ time, the historic UN Security Council resolution 1325 on WPS marks its 20th anniversary, yet the WPS agenda still faces significant gaps and its normative framework needs to be developed further. The event features a discussion about the practical steps necessary to overcome shortcomings, such as the limited inclusion of women in peace negotiations. Speakers include: Heiko Maas, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, Germany; Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Namibia; Josep Borrell, Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, Spain. A panel discussion with Margot Wallström, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Sweden; and Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director, UN Women; .

WHEN: 26 September, 3 — 5 p.m. Media: Admission & Visual Media Set-Up: 2.15 — 2.45 p.m.
WHERE: German House, Auditorium, 871 United Nations Plaza, 1st Avenue / East 49th Street, New York
RSVP: Please RSVP by 20 September, 1200 p.m. to Orphée-Luisa Dorschner and Sarah-Yvette Rohrer, +1 212 610 9779, pol-hosp1-vn[at] and pol-hosp10-vn[at]
INFORMATION FOR MEDIA: Follow WPS Focal Points on Twitter for live event updates.

Thursday — 27 September

Global Business and Philanthropy Leaders’ SDG-5 Forum for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment
This high-level Forum will convene business and philanthropy leaders from around the world who are committed to advancing gender equality for women and girls. Business and philanthropy leaders are convening to pledge financial support and discuss how collective action from the public and private sectors can help to accelerate Goal 5 of the Sustainable Development Goals, on women's empowerment and equality.

WHEN: 27 September, 12 — 3 p.m.
INFORMATION FOR MEDIA: This event is not open to the media. A press release and photos are being issued on the day of the event.

Spotlight on Femicide in Latin America
The European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN) are announcing a EUR 50 million investment to end femicide—when a woman or girl is killed because of her gender—in Argentina, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico. Latin America is home to 14 of the 25 countries with the highest rates of femicide in the world, and 12 women and girls in the region are killed every day because of their gender. The high-level event highlights interventions from world leaders, civil society activists and celebrities including the Heads of State of the five focus countries, Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, UN; Federica Mogherini, High Representative, EU; Neven Mimica, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, EU; Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director, UN Women; and Cecilia Suárez, Mexican Ariel Awardee and Emmy International nominated actress. The Spotlight Initiative is a global, multi-year partnership between the EU and the UN to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls. Launched with an overall commitment of EUR 500 million from the EU, the initiative represents an unprecedented global effort to invest in gender equality and women’s empowerment as a precondition and driver for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Link to event flyer.

WHEN: 27 September, 8 — 9.30 a.m. 
WHERE: Conference Room 1, United Nations HQ, New York
RSVP: Click here to RSVP by 21 September 2018.
INFORMATION FOR MEDIA: For interview requests, please contact Adekoyejo.adeboye[at] Follow the conversation via #SpotlightEndViolence. The event is being livestreamed

High-level Ministerial Breakfast Event: Adapting to Climate Change —Empowering women
Co-sponsored by the Permanent Missions of Finland and Tanzania, in partnership with UN Women, UNCCD and others, this event highlights the importance of integrating gender equality considerations in tackling the impacts of climate change on sustainable livelihoods. The event focuses on how to strengthen, both at global and local levels, the role of women as agents of change in adapting to climate change, building resilience and managing natural resources. Speakers include: Anne-Mari Virolainen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development, Finland; Åsa Regnér, Deputy Executive Director, UN Women; Monique Barbut, UNCCD Executive Secretary; Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General, WMO; Tarja Halonen, UNCCD Drylands Ambassador, Former President of Finland; among others.

WHEN: 27 September, 8 — 10 a.m.
WHERE: Delegates Dining Room, United Nations HQ, New York
RSVP: RSVP by 23 September HERE.

Media Briefing: Creativity: A Force for Gender Balancing the World
Join host Lindsay Pattison, Chief Transformation Officer, WPP, and Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director, UN Women, for an exclusive for media only briefing on WPP’s partnership with UN Women, and seizing creativity to achieve a gender balanced world. Speakers are set to discuss the role of advertising and the communications industry in achieving gender equality and announce new commitments to UN Women. This is an exclusive media-only event.

WHEN: 27 September, 3.30 — 4.30 p.m.
WHERE: Westin Grand Central, 212 East 42nd Street, New York
RSVP: Please send RSVPs to
INFORMATION FOR MEDIA: Limited interview opportunities available. A press release is being issued following the briefing. Follow the conversation online via #WPPCommonGround.

Accelerating the Women’s Movement for Peace and Humanitarian Action: Innovating & Challenging the Status Quo
A Women’s Peace & Humanitarian Fund (WPHF) event, co-hosted by the Permanent Missions of Australia, Canada, Ireland, the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders, Cordaid, UNFPA and UN Women. WPHF’s commitment night and reception spotlighting the actions and commitments of partners to reach USD 40 million by 2020 and celebrate the results of WPHF-supported women peacebuilders and crises responders. Moderated by CBS News Chief Foreign Affairs and 60 Minutes Correspondent Lara Logan—and featuring remarks from WPHF Global Advocate Kristen Bell and a special tribute performance by French recording artist Louane—the event concludes with the lighting of New York City’s Empire State Building in support of WPHF and its mission to empower women working to build peace and responding to crises around the world. Speakers include: Natalia Kanem, Executive Director, UN Population Fund; Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director, UN Women; Mavic Cabrera Balleza, CEO, Global Network of Women Peacebuilders. Link to programme.

WHEN: 27 September, 6:30 — 8.30 p.m.
WHERE: Delegates Dining Room, United Nations HQ, New York
RSVP: This event is open to both UN accredited and non-UN accredited media.Interested media should contact matthew.rullo[at] for details on registration.
INFORMATION FOR MEDIA: Follow the online conversation on @WPHFund using the hashtags: #40x20 #wphfund #financewomenforward. The event is being live-streamed here. A press release is being distributed following the event.

Friday — 28 September

Promoting Gender-Responsive Migration Governance through the Global Compact for Migration
Co-organized by Permanent Missions of Liechtenstein, Mexico, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and UN Women. This high-level event aims to mobilize support from Member States for gender-responsive implementation of the Global Compact for Migration that contributes to achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all migrant women and girls. With half of the estimated 260 million migrants worldwide being women, it is critical that the implementation of the Global Compact effectively includes their voices and addresses their needs and priorities. Speakers include: Louise Arbour, Special Representative for International Migration; Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director, UN Women; Acosta Vargas, Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW); Craig Mokhiber, Director of New York Office, OHCHR; Lucila Granada, Director of the Latin American Women's Rights Service (LAWRS) and member of the Women in Migration Network (WIMN); and Aurelia Frick, Foreign Minister, Liechtenstein.

WHEN: 28 September, 9.30 — 11 a.m.
WHERE: Conference Room 1, United Nations HQ, New York
RSVP: Please RSVP here
INFORMATION FOR MEDIA: The event is being livestreamed.

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