Editorial spotlight: High-level Political Forum

Date: Thursday, July 6, 2017

SDG 5: Gender equality

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 10 – 19 July.

This year, 44 countries will present voluntary national reviews on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. Under the theme, “Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world”, the HLPF will review the following SDGs:  SDG 1, end poverty in all its forms everywhere; SDG 2, end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture; SDG 3, ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages; SDG 5, achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls; SDG 9, build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation; SDG 14, conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development; and SDG 17, strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development.

Achieving gender equality and empowerment of all women and girls is a stand-alone goal—Goal 5 of the SDGs. It is also a key part of all the other goals, so that the SDGs make a real difference in the lives of women and girls everywhere. For instance, we cannot end poverty for all, unless women—who are often among the poorest—get equal opportunities and access to land, jobs, resources and technology. Similarly, boosting women’s role in food security and improving their access to water and sustainable energy, goes hand in hand with ending hunger. As countries move towards industrialization and technological innovations, women must be able to shape these opportunities equally, along with men.

Learn more about the HLPF and UN Women’s role.

Join the conversation on social media using #HLPF and #globalgoals. A social media package with graphics and suggested messages on women and the Sustainable Development Goals is available here

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Events: UN Women at the High-level Political Forum

Overcoming Poverty - Indigenous Concepts of Well-being and Development, organized by Indigenous Peoples’ Major Group, the Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (Division for Social Policy and Development/UN DESA) and the International Indigenous Women’s Forum (FIMI) and co-sponsored by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and UN Women
Wednesday, 12 July, 6.15-7.30 p.m., Conference Room B, UN HQ
See the programme flyer

Why Gender Data is Critical for Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, hosted by Data2X
Thursday, 13 July, 7.30–9.00 a.m., The Westin Grand Central, New York
UN Women’s Policy Specialist on Research and Data, Papa Seck, will speak at the panel. See the programme flyer.

Closing the gender data gap: measuring poverty, disability and multi-dimensional deprivation, hosted by the Government of Australia
Friday, 14 July, 1.15-2.30 p.m., Conference Room A, UN Conference Building
UN Women’s Policy Specialist on Research and Data, Papa Seck, will speak at the panel. See the programme flyer.

From Shrinking Spaces to Feminist Movement Building: Key Priorities on SDG 5 and 16 for Sustaining Peace, co-sponsored by Women Deliver, UN Women, Women for Women International, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), Civicus, FemNet, and the Men Engage Alliance.
Friday 14 July, 1.15-2.30 p.m., Church Centre (777 UN Plaza), 10th Floor 
UN Women’s Chief of Civil Society Section, Lopa Banerjee will provide opening remarks

Accelerating Women's Economic Empowerment to Achieve the 2030 Agenda, organized by the High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment and the group of Champions for Women’s Economic Empowerment
Monday 17 July, 1.15-2.30 p.m., Trusteeship Chamber, UN HQ
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will speak on the panel. See the programme flyer.

Women, Human Rights and SDGs, co-hosted by the Permanent Missions of Afghanistan and Italy to the UN, and UN Women
Tuesday, 18 July, the Permanent Mission of Afghanistan, 1-2.30 p.m.  
UN Women Programme Advisor and Chief of Asia-Pacific and the LDCs Section, Monjurul Kabir, will speak at the panel. See the programme flyer.

A Feminist Accountability Framework: What the World Needs to Achieve Gender Equality and All the Sustainable Development Goals, co-sponsored by ICRW and its partners Equal Measures 2030, Save the Children, Global Citizen, Women's Environment & Development Organization (WEDO), UN Women, the Government of Costa Rica, and the Government of Zambia.
Tuesday, 18 July, 2 - 3.30 p.m., Church Centre (777 UN Plaza), 10th Floor
UN Women’s Deputy Executive Director, Lakshmi Puri will join the panel discussion. RSVP here»


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