WEDO AT HLPF 2016
The High-Level Political Forum, the U.N.’s key mechanism for tracking progress on the new Sustainable Development Goals, will be held from 11-20 July 2016 in New York.
The Forum, which adopts a Ministerial Declaration, is expected to provide political leadership, guidance and recommendations on the 2030 Agenda’s implementation and follow-up; keep track of progress of the SDGs; spur coherent policies informed by evidence, science and country experiences; as well as address new and emerging issues.
WEDO, as part of the Women’s Major Group, calls for gender equality, the realization of women’s human rights and the empowerment of women as essential and cross-cutting to the implementation of all the SDGs.
WEDO will be leading and participating in a range of side events, training sessions and actions to ensure that systemic causes of ‘being left behind’ are addressed for real transformational change. Keep up to date on our latest events here and on the Women’s Major Group Facebook page.
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Cities 2030, Cities for all: Implementing the New Urban Agenda | Kuala Lumpur, 7 - 13 Feb 2018.
Cities 2030, Cities for all: Implementing the New Urban Agenda is hosted in Kuala Lumpur, 7 – 13 Feb 2018.
The New Urban Agenda was adopted in October 2016 at the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development – Habitat III in Quito, Ecuador. The Ninth Session of the World Urban Forum will be the first session to focus on the implementation of the New Urban Agenda adopted in Habitat III. WUF9 will be instrumental to substantively feed into the inputs for the first report of the implementation of the New Urban Agenda.
Learn more about the programme here.
7 (Wednesday) - 13 (Tuesday)
We invite you to participate
We invite you to participate in the Women’s Assembly at Women’s Online Partnership Platform! You can access it here.
The Women’s Assembly at the World Urban Forum is a key meeting point for groups working to build sustainable, gender responsive and inclusive cities. At the Habitat III Conference, the Women’s Assembly was an important venue for the exchange of knowledge, tools, and partnerships to discuss the engendering of the New Urban Agenda. Since the adoption of the New Urban Agenda, this upcoming Women’s Assembly at the Ninth session of the World Urban Forum (WUF9) will be an essential meeting place in the continuing process of implementing the New Urban Agenda and all Sustainable Development Goals, particularly 5 and 11. Whereas the last Women’s Assembly culminated in a set of thematic commitments on behalf of attendees, the upcoming Women’s Assembly serves as a space to share and report on the localized implementation of the New Urban Agenda as well as lessons learned.
It will also serve as an opportunity for sharing tools and addressing areas that need more inputs on gender equality and women’s empowerment in implementing the New Urban Agenda. The Women’s Assembly is a site for continued collaborative work on the global level as well as the grassroots level. It is designed to build a platform for the women’s constituency to share their experiences and perspectives, aiming to create1 an overall mechanism for engaging women in the creation of citizenship and the strengthening of urban governance for advancing the New Urban Agenda. The Assembly was created to acknowledge, celebrate, share, replicate and improve the achievements of the Women and Human Settlements movement in championing the sustainable inclusion of women in urban development.
Alongside the New Urban Agenda, the 2030 Agenda, the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Prevention and Reduction, the Paris Agreement on Environmental Protection, and the Addis Ababa Agenda for Financing for Development, which establish the ways for achieving the Sustainable Development Objectives of Agenda 2030, the Assembly provides an important platform to advocate for gender equality and women’s empowerment in all aspects of urban development, thus ensuring the inclusion of women’s unique needs and priorities, and recognizing the important leadership roles they play in implementation. Further highlighting the use of women’s experiences to shape appropriate and effective solutions will promote sustainable urban development. Promoting participation, dialogue and engagement, the Assembly will hold six (6) training sessions as well as two (2) plenary sessions, further emphasizing the institutionalization of gender-mainstreaming and women’s empowerment activities.
The Assembly will conclude with the consolidation of participants’ recommendations and commitments, and the sharing of tools and methodologies to ensure the objectives of the New Urban Agenda will be implemented in an empowerment-focused and gender-responsive manner, based on the principle of substantive equality. The Women’s Assembly is thus an important, pivotal meeting point to discuss the progress of and plan the implementation of engendering the New Urban Agenda. This site for the exchange and sharing of knowledge and the transfer of tools is essential to implement the New Urban Agenda.
(Wednesday) 10:30 am - 5:30 pm
WEDO invites you to join
WEDO invites you to join us at Networking Event: What Does Inclusive Transit-Oriented Development Mean to You, Room 410.
The NUA consolidates the linkages between urbanization and sustainable development. Urban planning and design is a fundamental priority to achieving sustainable urban development and an essential technical part of the urbanization process in relation to the physical layout of the building and public space. The New Urban Agenda needs to be grounded upon inclusive transit-oriented development (TOD) and sustainable mobility in order to be achieved.
Back in 2013, ITDP developed the TOD Standard as a powerful tool to help shape and assess urban development focusing on maximizing benefits of public transit and non-motorized mobility in a human-scale. The TOD standard outlines eight core principles of urban design and land use, each supported by specific performance objectives and easily measurable indicators or metrics in order to promote safe, balanced and vibrant neighborhoods.
At Habitat III, ITDP launched the latest version of the TOD Standard with a greater focus on inclusiveness. We partnered with five other constituencies representing women, children, elderly people, disabled, and slum-dwellers to discuss how TOD affected their rights, social inclusion, access to urban services, education, health care and means of economic development and improving their quality of life.
At the WUF in Kuala Lumpur, we will announce a policy brief series on what effectively inclusive TOD means, precisely, for specific groups that experience specific forms of exclusion. ITDP and the Women’s Environment and Development Organization are working on Engendering TOD, the first of these policy briefs. We will also discuss similar issues with other constituencies on how inclusive TOD would benefit children, the elderly, the disabled or people that live in settlements with lack of accessible infrastructure. We want to work to create sustainable cities for all!
(Thursday) 9:00 am - 11:00 am
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WMG DOCUMENTS FOR REFERENCE
The WMG has identified next steps for its role in implementation, follow-up and review through a strategic planning process.
Read paper here.
Agenda 2030 cannot be achieved unless the systems and structures that impede sustainable and equitable development are dismantled.
Read brief here.
As we set the basis for implementation of the 2030 Agenda, the Women’s Major Group calls for a recognition of the three cross-cutting elements that need to be at the core of all actions: the human rights framework, gender equality and sustainability criteria. These will function as the linking pieces for a holistic approach for the three dimensions of sustainable development.
Read brief here.
Accountability for gender equality is essential across all 17 SDGs, and the implementation, follow-up and review of the agenda should ensure human rights and gender analysis throughout for gender transformation to occur.
Read brief here.
Taking into account the 2030 Agenda’s theme, “Leaving no one behind”, the national review process should ensure meaningful engagement of all civil society, in their diversity, ensuring specific focus on groups that are marginalized and are inadequately represented in the country’s decision-making bodies.
Read brief here.
Securing the Means of Implementation is at the heart of Agenda2030, including achieving gender equality and realizing the human rights of all women. There is an alarming absence of focus on MOI it all its dimensions and associated systemic issues in both the Secretary General’s report and the country reports submitted.
Read brief here.
Women’s groups today expressed grave concern that the annual review process to hold governments accountable to their commitments to the 2030 Agenda failed to address key obstacles to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Read brief here.