The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a collection of 17 interlinked global goals designed to be a "blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all". 

Manatū Wāhine is the lead agency on New Zealand's response to Goal 5 (UN SDG 5): “achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.”

All of the work the government is doing to improve the lives of women and girls in New Zealand - including eliminating the pay gap, addressing family violence and sexual violence, and supporting women in their education and employment - helps us work towards achieving SDG5. 

New Zealand submitted its first Voluntary National Report on the SDGs in July 2019 at the UN High-Level Political Forum in New York. 

Stats NZ has a database, Indicators Aotearoa New Zealand – Ngā Tūtohu Aotearoa, that includes social and economic indicators to measure wellbeing and success and track progress towards the SDGs across New Zealand. These indicators feed into our voluntary reporting.

The United Nations also has an Indicators Database to track global progress towards the SDGs. You can see New Zealand’s profile and current progress on the United Nations SDGs website.

The OECD released the report, The Short and Winding Road to 2030: Measuring Distance to the SDG Targets, in April 2022. The OECD has developed a unique methodology allowing comparison of progress across SDG goals and targets, and over time. This report provides a high-level assessment of OECD Member countries’ performance across the Goals and Targets of the 2030 Agenda and evaluates the distance that OECD countries need to travel to meet SDG targets. You can read New Zealand’s assessment on the OECD website.