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UN Foundation Joins Efforts to Leverage Gender Data for Sustainable Development

Copenhagen, Denmark —   May 17, 2016

The United Nations Foundation today joined the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, UN Women, and several other organizations committing to improving gender data for the success of the Sustainable Development Goals.
 
“As a longstanding champion for girls and women, the UN Foundation is committed to gender data equality,” said UN Foundation President & CEO Kathy Calvin. “As we transition from the year of adopting the Sustainable Development Goals to the year of starting to achieve them, this commitment to gender data and accountability - which enables us to measure, monitor, and celebrate our successes and correct our failures - could not be more timely. Without data equality, we cannot achieve gender equality, and without gender equality, we will not achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.”
 
The UN Foundation joined the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other partners in a Joint Statement of Action at the Women Deliver conference in Copenhagen. The UN Foundation is the host for Data2X, a collaborative technical and advocacy platform dedicated to improving the quality, availability, and use of gender data in order to make a practical difference in the lives of women and girls worldwide, and for the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, a partnership working to build an enabling environment for harnessing the data revolution for sustainable development.
 
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About the United Nations Foundation
The United Nations Foundation builds public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and broadens support for the United Nations through advocacy and public outreach. Through innovative campaigns and initiatives, the Foundation connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The Foundation was created in 1998 as a U.S. public charity by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner and now is supported by philanthropic, corporate, government, and individual donors.