Gender equality as an accelerator for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals: discussion paper

The main argument of the paper is that accelerating gender equality in all spheres of society leads to a more rapid increase in progress towards achieving sustainable development. Evidence collected in this paper shows that gender equality is critical to promoting economic growth and labour productivity, reducing poverty, enhancing human capital through health and education, attaining food security, addressing climate change impacts and strengthening resilience to disasters, and ensuring more peaceful and inclusive communities. In this sense, gender equality serves as a catalytic policy intervention that triggers positive multiplier effects across the spectrum of development.