“Ensuring that no one is left behind”: Listen to women for a change.


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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Prachi Rao, prachi@wedo.org
+1 646 963 5030


WMG Official Submission to HLPF 2016

The WMG has identified next steps for its role in implementation, follow-up and review through a strategic planning process.

Read paper here.

Policy Brief 1: Systemic Barriers to Sustainable Development

Agenda 2030 cannot be achieved unless the systems and structures that impede sustainable and equitable development are dismantled.

Read brief here.

Policy Brief 2: Human Rights, Gender Equality and Sustainability Criteria

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.

Policy Brief 3: CSO Participation & Accountability

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.

Policy Brief 4: Voluntary Country Reviews

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.

Policy Brief 5: Means of Implementation

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.

Press Release: First Review of the 2030 Agenda Falls Short

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.

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