Gender equality and empowerment of all women and girls at the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development 2017

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), met at the UN Headquarters in New York from 10 – 19 July, 2017.

This year, 44 countries presented voluntary national reviews on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. Under the theme, “Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world”, the HLPF reviewed 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.

Relevant documentation on gender equality issues:

  a) http://www.un.org/ga/search/asp?symbol=E/2017/66&Lang=E

(Goal 5 on page 8);

  b) https://un.org/content/documents/14774HLPF_WMG_Paper_2017_final_UPDATED.pdf

(thematic paper on women).

 

 

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