More from UNDESA Vol 20, No. 03 - March 2016

World Economic and Social Survey 2014/2015

The World Economic and Social Survey 2014/2015 reviews economic, social and environmental policies implemented at the national level and the institutional aspects that enabled them, bringing about significant progress towards achieving the MDGs. The Survey subsequently draws a set of useful policy lessons that Member States will find helpful in formulating strategies and policies for implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the SDGs.

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World Economic and Social Survey

Involving women in science, implementing the 2030 Agenda

Women and girls represent half of the world’s population.

Yet, they are not fully participating within the field of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), with a gender gap still remaining far too wide across the globe.

Indeed, women account for less than 30 per cent of all researchers in the world and where one in nine men graduate in the fields of science, the number for women is only one in fourteen.

In an effort to promote greater participation of women and girls within this area, and in line with the ambitions of the new 2030 Agenda, the United Nations celebrated the first ever International Day of Women and Girls in Science on 11 February.

“Too many girls all over the world cannot go to school just because they are girls. Being a girl or a boy shouldn’t decide if you can go to school or not,” said 11-year-old Rebecca Jekogian, who addressed the event, organized by the Royal Academy of Science International Trust (RASIT), in close collaboration with UN DESA’s Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD).

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International Day of Women and Girls in Science

UN Web TV coverage from the event

UN DESA’s Statistics Division report – The World’s Women 2015

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