Editorial spotlight: High-level Political Forum 2018

Date: Thursday, July 5, 2018

The High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), the main UN process for the review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), is meeting at the UN Headquarters in New York from 9 – 18 July.

Under the theme, "Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies", the HLPF will review the following SDGs: SDG 6, ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all; SDG 7, ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all; SDG 11, make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable; SDG 12, ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns; SDG 15, Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss; and SDG 17, strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development.

Achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls is a stand-alone goal within the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, but also a requisite for the success of other goals. For example, we cannot achieve sustainable management of water without women’s input, as in 80 per cent of households with water shortages, women and girls are responsible for water collection. We cannot make cities safe and inclusive without understanding the risks that women face in public transport or other public spaces.

As the global community works towards the SDGs, UN Women works to make sure no woman or girl is left behind in these efforts. In this editorial compilation, we bring you stories from women, on how the six SDGs being reviewed this year impact their lives.

What does the data say?

Infographic: Gender matters but data challenges remain
Drawing from UN Women’s global report, “Turning promises into action” this infographic puts a spotlight on where the global community stands on gender equality under each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Read more>

Events: UN Women at the High-level Political Forum

How the SDGs work for women

Featured publications

Turning promises into action: Gender equality in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Turning promises into action: Gender equality in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
This flagship report provides a comprehensive and authoritative assessment of progress, gaps and challenges in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from a gender perspective. The report monitors global and regional trends in achieving the SDGs for women and girls based on available data, and provides practical guidance for the implementation of gender-responsive policies and accountability processes.

Gender equality in the 2030 Agenda: Gender-responsive water and sanitation systems

Gender equality in the 2030 Agenda: Gender-responsive water and sanitation systems
What is needed to make water and sanitation systems truly gender-responsive? This issue brief shows how the promotion of gender-responsive water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) can be a catalyst for change across the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It equally provides insights into how the synergies between WASH and gender equality can be harnessed more effectively.

Towards inclusive cities for all: How to protect the rights of women in informal self-employment

Towards inclusive cities for all: How to protect the rights of women in informal self-employment
This policy brief synthesizes research findings, analysis, and policy recommendations on the gender dimensions of informal employment in cities. It focuses on three groups of informally self-employed women working in urban areas—street vendors, home-based workers, and waste pickers—to show how organizations of informal workers engaging with local and national policymakers are working to advance these workers’ rights and help to create more inclusive cities for all.

Planet 50–50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality