SDG’s Interactive Discussion and New Guide: Leveraging the SDGs for Prevention and Peace

To prevent violent conflicts and build peace, we must build a world that respects the human rights of all people, and protects our shared environment. 

On 14 July on the sidelines of the 2020 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, WILPF held a virtual event and interactive discussion about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a tool for conflict prevention and peace, which accompanied the publication of our new guide for activists. 

During the event, WILPF members from Cameroon, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka shared their insights on the SDGs from feminist anti-militarist perspectives. Nadee Gunaratne of WILPF Sri Lanka discussed her section’s cross-cutting work across different SDGs, primarily SDG 1, 5, and 16, including on women’s political participation and gender budgeting. Sylvie Ndongmo from WILPF Cameroon shared her experience participating in the 2019 HLPF and the Voluntary National Review of Cameroon, which took place during the same year as the review of SDG 16. Philomena Talatu Henry of WILPF Nigeria discussed the work of the section on the Women Situation Room - Nigeria and promoting peaceful elections, which is at the intersection of SDGs 5 and 16. Finally, Sameena Nazir brought WILPF Pakistan’s work on energy access into the discussion, highlighting the links between gender equality and energy access. Following the initial presentations, event participants were invited to deepen the discussion in interactive breakout sessions.

Read our new guide, Leveraging the SDGs for Feminist Peace.