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Expert Group Meeting: Structural and policy constraints in achieving the MDGs for women and girls

In accordance with its multi-year programme of work (2010–2014), the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in 2014 considered the “Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls” as its priority theme.

As the 2015 target date for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) approaches, intergovernmental and UN-led processes are well under way to inform and design a post-2015 development agenda and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 58th session of CSW in 2014 provided a critical opportunity for evaluating the current MDG framework from a gender perspective to better understand the achievements and challenges in implementing the MDGs for women and girls, accelerate progress in achieving the MDGs, and inform the ongoing debate on the post-2015 development framework and the 20-year review of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.

To take stock on current research and assist the Commission in its deliberations, UN Women, in collaboration with the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), convened an expert group meeting (EGM) on “Structural and policy constraints in achieving the MDGs for women and girls” from 21 to 24 October 2013 in Mexico City, Mexico. The aim of the EGM was to:

  • Identify the challenges, including the structural and policy constraints, for achieving the MDGs for women and girls;
  • Identify the policy priorities and critical issues for achieving the MDGs for women and girls and for the post-2015 agenda; and
  • Develop action-oriented recommendations to accelerate achieving the MDGs for women and girls.

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Background papers

Expert papers

Observer papers

Participants in the Expert Group Meeting on “Structural and policy constraints in achieving the MDGs for women and girls,” held in Mexico City, Mexico, 21–24 October 2013. (Photo: UN Women.)
Participants in the Expert Group Meeting on “Structural and policy constraints in achieving the MDGs for women and girls,” held in Mexico City, Mexico, 21–24 October 2013. (Photo: UN Women.)