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Implementing Sustainable Development Agenda

By Marina Kumskova, Sarah Tunnell and Alexandra Rojas

Abigail Ruane of WILPF and other members of the Women’s Major Group at the UNECE 2017 Regional Forum on Sustainable Development. (Photo: Women’s Major Group)

As part of our work to improve multilateral action, WILPF participated in the UNECE 2017 Regional Forum on Sustainable Development and civil society consultation convened on 24-26 April 2017 in Geneva. Preceded by a preparatory civil society consultation, the forum created a regional space for various stakeholders to share policy solutions, best practices and challenges in the SDG implementation and helps identify major regional and subregional trends.

Highlighting the importance of women's meaningful participation for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, Director of the WILPF's Women, Peace and Security Programme, Abigail Ruane delivered a statement during the civil society consultations. WILPF also contributed to the drafting of the closing intervention on behalf of the civil society delivered at the SDG forum by Nurgul Djanaeva of the Women’s Major Group, which called for further action to shift the funding focus from war to gender justice and peace.

WILPF’s PeaceWomen team also monitored the 18 April 2017 President of the 71st Session of the General Assembly’s (PGA) SDG Financing Lab, which recognised that implementation of the 2030 Agenda requires transforming policy frameworks and renewed commitment.

Such dialogues must move forward as localising the Sustainable Development Goals in all regions requires shifting the balance of power in international financial architecture to address systemic barriers and create the conditions to respect, protect and fulfill women’s rights, especially in conflict-affected situations.

Read more about WILPF’s engagement in the UNECE 2017 Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (RFSD) here>>

Find the WILPF analysis of the SDG Financing Lab here>>