New York

21 September 2016

Secretary-General's video message at Making Every Woman and Girl Count event

Excellencies, Distinguished delegates, Ladies and gentlemen,

I am pleased to send greetings to this important event.

I thank the Government of Australia, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the UN Foundation and UN Women for hosting.

Gender equality is central to all the Sustainable Development Goals.

But, currently, 11 of the 14 indicators on gender equality lack adequate data or accepted international standards for measurement.

This limits our ability to track progress.

“Making Every Woman and Girl Count” is a product of strong and imaginative partnerships.

Across 5 years and 12 pilot countries, this initiative will help to improve the production and accessibility of high quality, gender-sensitive data on inclusion and discrimination.

This, in turn, will give us the tools to empower women and girls.

Elevating half of humanity will lift us all.

I commend UN Women for “Making Every Woman and Girl Count”.

And I wish you a successful launch.

Thank you.