WILPF Report: 2016 High-Level Political Forum

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Unfortunately, we are off to a to a rocky start in implementing Agenda 2030 on issues of gender equality and stable and peaceful societies. WILPF reminds states that there can be no development without disarmament and women’s full and equal participation and rights. Leaving no one behind also requires substantively inclusive processes. It is critical moving forward that Member States and the United Nations include civil society in more than mere “tokenistic consultation,” as called for by Ms. Nurgul Djanaeva of Kyrgyz Forum of Women NGOs. Looking ahead, the path is clear: sustainable development requires more democratic inclusion and strengthened support for civil society, as well as political will, financing, and action that ensures that Goals 5 and 16 are not neglected. This report outlines key messages and gaps in the 2016 HLPF on gender and peace issues, with the intent of strengthening accountability on peace and human rights for women moving forward.