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Paths to gender equality: the G20’s role in the spotlight

This webinar will explore the complex challenges entwined with gender equality, G20’s agenda and its integral role in sustainable development. It will delve into innovative strategies to dismantle barriers, challenge norms and discuss how to address the underlying systemic and deeply embedded drivers of gender inequality.

This event will bring together experts who provided innovative gender-related recommendations to the T20.

5 September 2023 at 13:00 CET

ending at 14:30 CET

Online only
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Crowds of tourists walking on the street

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Within the framework of the G20’s pursuit of a more equitable and sustainable world, gender equality stands as both a goal and a condition for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Yet, how distant are we from this goal? Legal hesitations to recognize diverse genders, religious constraints on personal freedom, and the perception that gender concerns are secondary amidst larger issues raise critical questions. The transformative pledge of “Leave no one behind” lies at the heart of the 2030 Agenda – but the reality is that millions of people are being left behind and this number is continuing to grow.

In the backdrop of the 2023 G20’s focus on ‘One Earth, One Family, One Future,’ individual, national and collective efforts toward a greener and more equitable future are policy priorities. Still, none of the G20 nations, whether in the Global South or North, are on track to meet the gender equality target by 2030.

During the webinar, we will discuss the role of gender and social equity in advancing different types of sustainability-related transitions. We will facilitate sharing of best practices, experiences, and recommendations for the G20 as a platform for advancing gender equality. Moreover, we will identify pathways for G20 nations to support a gender-equitable future and accelerate the SDGs, and raise awareness of trade-offs between transitions and SDG attainment.

Our goal is to facilitate a vibrant exchange of insights, evidence and strategies, forging a unified and amplified voice. Through collaboration, we seek to synergize strengths, magnifying our collective impact and contribution to evidence-based policy change in the G20.


13:00 – 13:20

Opening remarks
Robert Watt, Engagement Director, Stockholm Environment Institute, Sweden
Michele Ribotta, UN Women Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia, Regional Director Officer in Charge
Dharitri Patnaik, Chief Coordinator, W20 Secretariat

13:20 – 13:40


Madhav Das Nalapat, Honorary Director, Department of Geopolitics & International Relations, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, India

“Ensuring greater equity in global institutional participation”

Cynthia McDougall, Senior Research Fellow, Stockholm Environment Institute, Thailand

“Beyond gender inequality: how the G20 can support a gender-equitable future and accelerate the SDGs”

13:40 – 14:10

Panel Discussion

Marlène Buchy, Senior Researcher, Social Sciences, Governance and Inclusion, International Water Management Institute, Nepal

Arjan de Haan, Senior Program Specialist, International Development Research Centre, Canada

Bhavya Jyoti Batra, PhD Candidate, TERI School of Advanced Studies, India

May Thazin Aung, Climate finance researcher, International Institute for Environment and Development, UK

14:10 – 14:25

Q&A and open discussion

14:25 – 14:30

Closing remarks by the moderator


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