Leveraging the Sustainable Development Goals for Prevention and Peace

Tuesday, 14 July

9am EST

Register here for the Zoom link.

Join the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)’s Women, Peace and Security Programme for a virtual event and interactive discussion about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a tool for conflict prevention and peace. The event will comprise of a short roundtable followed by interactive breakout groups where all participants will be able to engage with each other on this topic. The event will take place in English. 

Discussants in the Roundtable: 

  • Sylvie Ndongmo, WILPF Africa Regional Representative and President of WILPF Cameroon will share on her experiences participating in the 2019 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development and the Cameroon Voluntary National Review (VNR) process

  • Philomena Talatu Zamani, WILPF Nigeria, will share on her work on SDGs 5 and 16, specifically with the Women Situation Room Nigeria and her global advocacy on the SDGs

  • Nadee Gunaratne, WILPF Sri Lanka, will share on her work on women’s participation in Sri Lanka, linked to SDGs 5 and 16


Event Description:

To prevent violent conflicts and build peace, it is necessary to create a world that respects the human rights of all people, and protects our shared environment. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as part of Agenda 2030, present an ambitious agenda for achieving goals such as no poverty, gender equality, health and wellbeing for all, peace, and stopping climate change during the next ten years. These goals are relevant for people in every part of the world, including in countries affected by armed conflict. Conflict countries have experienced some of the sharpest development reversals. The SDGs can provide a pathway to addressing many factors that contribute to conflict, including poverty (SDG 1), hunger (SDG 2), economic stability and opportunity (SDG 8), and structural inequalities (SDG 10). However, the framework also contains numerous challenges, and implementation of the goals has lagged far behind what is required. 

This event will bring together feminist leaders to discuss the ways the SDGs can advance our advocacy for a feminist future based on peace and human rights. It will provide a space to discuss our local and global work for development justice and feminist peace within the SDGs framework, as well as to reflect on the synergies between the SDGs and other agendas, including Women, Peace and Security, disarmament, and human rights.