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Sustainable Development 2019

Monday, July 8, 2019


WILPF is advocating for women's rights and peace through the Sustainable Development Goals in partnership with our coalition, the Women's Major Group. 

To learn about our advocacy strategy and 2019 recommendations (and strengthen the impact of collective action), read the Women's Major Group position paper for the 2019 HLPF!


In 2015, the world’s governments adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a universal Agenda that recognises gender equality (SDG 5) and peaceful, just and inclusive societies (SDG 16) as stand-alone global development priorities and provides specific guidance on the means of implementation (SDG 17).

Every year, the representatives of Member States, UN officials, civil society organisations, among others meet to discuss the individual and global progress achieved in the SDG implementation.

In 2019, the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) will be convened under a theme "Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality". Sheila Gweneth Carey, Permanent Representative of Bahamas, and Olof Skoog, Permanent Representtive of Sweden will serve as co-facilitators for the political declaration resulting from the two meetings of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) in 2019.

The HLPF will convene under ECOSOC auspices from 9-18 July 2019, during which it will conduct in-depth reviews  of the following SDGs: 

a) SDG 4 (Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all);

b) SDG 8 (Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all);

c) SDG 10 (Reduce inequality within and among countries);

d) SDG 13 (Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impactss);

e) SDG 16 (Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels);

f) SDG 17 (Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development)

This year, 51 countries will be submitting Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs). The following countries will be conducting voluntary national reviews at the 2019 HLPF for the first time: Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Eritrea, Eswatini, Fiji, Ghana, Guyana, Iceland, Iraq, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mongolia, Nauru, New Zealand, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Serbia, South Africa, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United Republic of Tanzania, and Vanuatu. The following countries will be conducting voluntary national reviews at the 2019 HLPF for the second time: Azerbaijan, Brazil, Chile, El Salvador, France, Guatemala, Indonesia, Philippines, Sierra Leone and Turkey. 

The 2019 High-Level Segment:

Members states will consider the Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR) which is prepared every four years. In addition, the UNGA will convene a meeting of the HLPF at the level of Heads of State and Government for one-and-a-half days from 23-24 September 2019. The world’s leaders are asked to come to New York every four years to “provide high-level political guidance on the Agenda and its implementation”.

The Secretary-General’s annual SDG Progress Report will be presented, as well as the quadrennial Global Sustainable Development Report, which is prepared by 15 eminent scientists and experts.

More details can be found here>>

WILPF Action:

WILPF firmly believes mainstreaming the Women, Peace and Security Agenda and disarmament should be at the core of the SDG action. 

Every year through our social media campaign, #WomenLead2030 we highlight the work done by women that contributes – directly and indirectly – to ensure sustainable development across all SDGs, basing their actions on disarmament, women’s meaningful participation, and human rights. For example, women in Nigeria have mobilised to prevent and address violence before, during and after elections while creating networks that support women’s political participation. This serves as an example of the vital work done by local women in their communities to advocate for peace. 

In partnership with our coalition, Women’s Major Group, we also work to push the SDG implementation in a way that works for women in conflict.  

  • We call for Member States to realise their extra-territorial obligations regarding regulating arms that risk gender-based violence, the strengthening of policy coherence that are in line with both SDG 5 and 16 in addition to UNSCR 1325 and the Arms Trade Treaty. 
  • We also ultimately ask for a shift in the balance of power in the financial structure to address systemic issues and make conditions to fulfill, respect and protect human rights which is based on the reorientation of peace work around local women’s experiences and voice for justice and rights. 

To learn more about our advocacy strategy and recommendations (and strengthen the impact of our collective action), take a look at the WMG position paper surrounding the 2019 HLPF!

Stay tuned for more updates on HLPF 2019!