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UN Charges World Leaders To Prioritize Gender Equality to Meet SDG’s

The Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres, has called on world leaders to give priority to advancing gender quality to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

Guterres said this in his message to mark World Population Day (WPD) on Tuesday, July 11, 2023, in New York.
World Population Day is observed on July 11 every year, to raise awareness on global population issues.

The UN Chief said the world population had grown to eight billion, and the increase had made the human family larger than ever.

Guterres also said that leaders had failed in efforts to ensure a peaceful and prosperous world for all.
According to him “Halfway to the 2030 deadline, the SDGs are dangerously off track.

“Gender equality is almost 300 years away. Progress on maternal health and access to family planning has been glacial,” he said.

2023 WPD focus is on unleashing the power of gender equality and giving a greater voice to women and girls.

According to the UN despite the fact that women and girls comprise half of all people on the planet, women and girls are often ignored in discussions on demographics, with their rights violated in population policies.

As a result, women and girls can be limited in their ability to make decisions about their own health and sexual and reproductive lives, and this heightens their vulnerability to violence, harmful practices, and preventable maternal deaths.

The secretary-general said gender-based discrimination harms everyone while investing in women uplifts all people, communities, and countries.

“Advancing gender equality, improving maternal health, and empowering women to make their own reproductive choices are both essential in themselves, and central to achieving all the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),” he added.

Guterres called for standing with women and girls fighting for their rights and for intensifying efforts “to make the SDGs a reality for all eight billion of us”.
What women and girls want matters, according to the UN’s sexual and reproductive health agency, UNFPA.

Dr. Natalia Kanem, the UNFPA Executive Director, in her remark, said World Population Day is a reminder that a more prosperous, peaceful, and sustainable future can be achieved.

Her message for the Day highlighted that over 40 percent of women around the world cannot exercise their right to make decisions as fundamental as whether or not to have children.

“If we harness the power of every human being on the planet.

“Empowering women and girls, including through education and access to modern contraception, helps to support them in their aspirations and to chart the path of their own lives,” she said.

Kanem stressed that advancing gender equality is a cross-cutting solution to many social problems, adding that for aging societies worried about labour productivity, achieving gender equality in the workplace represents the most effective way to improve output and economic growth.

“Meanwhile, in countries experiencing rapid population growth, women’s empowerment through education and family planning can bring enormous benefits by way of human capital and inclusive economic growth,” she added.


By Dare Akogun

Dare Akogun

Dare Akogun is a dynamic media innovator, strategic communication professional, and seasoned climate and environmental sustainability journalist with over 10 years of influential contributions to the media industry.

He Currently serving as the Head of Digital Media, Senior News Editor, and a presenter at Sobi FM 101.9, a leading radio station in Ilorin, Nigeria.

Dare is on a mission to leverage his media innovation expertise and project management skills to produce high-quality, accurate, and engaging content, while advocating for reduced fossil fuel consumption, especially coal, to combat effect of global warming.

He has covered comprehensively environmental issues and COP conferences, including COP28 in Dubai last year , COP 27 in Egypt, and the United Nations Least Developed Countries conference in Doha, in 2023.

He is a recipient of fellowship to be part of a 15 team of journalists selected worldwide to cover the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2024.

He has a Master's Degree in Mass Communication, from the University of Lagos, a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the Lagos State University and also a
Certification in Business Administration and Management, from the Babson College, Massachusetts, United States of America.

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