Women Deliver at the 2017 High-Level Political Forum
The High-level Political Forum (HLPF), to be convened under the Economic and Social Council from 10 – 19 July this year, is the United Nations’ (UN) annual platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), held by and for member states and other relevant organizations and stakeholders.
Each year during the HLPF, a selection of member states present national voluntary reviews (VNRs) on their progress against the SDGs. These reviews are led by the member states and with participation of ministers and other high-level participants and stakeholders. This year, 44 countries have volunteered to present their national voluntary reviews.
The theme of the 2017 HLFP is "Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world." In relation to the theme, the following set of SDGs are slated to be reviewed:
- Goal 1.End poverty in all its forms everywhere
- Goal 2.End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
- Goal 3.Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
- Goal 5.Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
- Goal 9.Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
- Goal 14.Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
- Goal 17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development
Women Deliver will be participating in HLPF in several ways. First, on the eve of HLPF, Women Deliver, along with the founding Partners, Allies, and Supporters of the Deliver for Good Campaign, are issuing a joint Call to Action Open Letter. This letter will capitalize on a time when global leaders are together reporting on the SDGs and underscores the importance of putting girls and women at the center of global development.
Also in the lead up to HLFP, Women Deliver staff and Women Deliver Young Leaders will be participating in Youth Action Days on 8 and 9 July. Youth Action Days is a weekend capacity-training hosted by Restless Development and the Danish Mission to prepare young people to make the most out of HLPF. Women Deliver Young Leaders will then take part in various events throughout the Forum.
During HLFP, Women Deliver will co-host and speak at various events on the heath, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women, particularly touching upon teenage pregnancy and realizing an enabling environment for civil society and social movement activism, particularly the feminist movement, around the world:
From Shrinking Spaces to Feminist Movement Building: Key Priorities on SDG 5 and 16 for Sustaining Peace
HOSTED BY: Women Deliver, FEMNET, Women for Women International, MenEngage, UN Women, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, and CIVICUS
High Level Roundtable on Preventing Teenage Pregnancies
HOSTED BY: Women Deliver, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, St. Maarten, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Rutgers
MODERATOR: Katja Iversen
Additionally, Women Deliver will monitor the Voluntary National Reports, taking particular note of progress around Goals 3 (Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages) and 5 (Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls), as well as those that map back to the 12 Deliver for Good Investment areas.
To eradicate poverty and promote prosperity, girls and women must be at the center of development efforts. When countries invest in girls and women – in their sexual and reproductive health and rights, in their education, in their access to resources, and in their economic empowerment – countries invest in families, communities, and entire countries to power progress for all. Women Deliver calls on world leaders to ensure girls and women are prioritized in global development, that funding streams match the scope of their needs, and that implementation processes are driven by participatory processes.