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Are all sustainable development goals created equal?

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Sustainability leaders from around the world tell us that one Sustainable Development Goal in particular is key to the success of every goal on the ‘Transforming our World’ agenda – goal number 5; gender equality and empowering all women and girls.

Leaders of Sustainable Development is a new special feature on the Thomson Reuters Sustainability site, inspired by the global pledge to achieve gender equality and empowering women and girls. Each week, the site will feature a range of leaders – from across the financial, legal, and not-for-profit sectors, as well as key policy makers and governmental heads – examining the impact of women driving sustainable change around the world.

Why Sustainable Development Goal #5


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“Looking at the sustainable development goals you can’t ignore the role that women play.”
– Nuru Mugambi, director, Kenya Bankers Association

“Every single goal would be better achieved and will have a more equity in the way those goals are achieved.”
– Mary Ellen Iskenderian, president and CEO, Women’s World Banking

“Both men and women gain from seeing women’s empowerment.”
– Jan Eliasson, deputy secretary-general, United Nations

“Women are the key to making [development] sustainable.”
– Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland; CEO and founder, The Mary Robinson Foundation, Climate Justice

“Companies focused on sustainability actually had higher operational efficiency, lower cost of capital and over time they had a better stock performance.”
– Audrey Choi, CEO, Institute for Responsible Investing; managing director, Global Sustainable Finance Group, Morgan Stanley

“I think about demographics. For example the millennial generation who cares very much about the broader impact that they can bring.”
– Kyung-Ah Park, managing director, Head of Environmental Markets, Goldman, Sachs & Co.

“Don’t look at young people as just beneficiaries. Utilize them! That is my message to the world.”
– Ilwad Elman, advocate for the Kofi Annan Foundation’s Extremely Together Initiative; director of programs & development, Elman Peace and Human Rights Centre in Somalia

“We have to be inclusive in terms of how we address the gender parity issue.”
– Patsy Doerr, global head of Corporate Responsibility & Inclusion, Thomson Reuters

“Men should understand that we’re not looking to walk ahead of them, we want to walk side-by-side with them.”
– Almas Jiwani, president emeritus of UN Women Canada; CEO Almas Jiwani Foundation

“And that’s the conversation that we now need for sustainability.”
– Jacqueline McGlade, chief scientist and director, Division of Early Warning Assessment, UNEP


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