In September 2015, all 193 Member States of the United Nations adopted a plan for a better future for all. The 2030 Agenda outlines a 15-year plan to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and protect our planet. Included in the Agenda are 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Each SDG focuses on a different global issue.
The Sustainable Development Goals are a global call to action to promote a better world for all. Comprised of 17 goals, each SDG is focused on addressing different global economic, social and environmental issues. Goal 5 also has links to Goal 8 on sustained, inclusive economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all and Goal 10 on reducing inequalities between and within countries.
The UN Secretary-General established the High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment in January 2016 as part of his efforts to ensure that the 2030 Agenda moves from the pages of UN documents into the lives of women— and builds stronger, more inclusive economies.
With the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development coming into effect, 2016 presents a unique opportunity to bring the countries and citizens of the world together to improve the lives of people everywhere. The High-Level Panel aims to accelerate realizations of these goals. However, everyone needs to do their part: governments, businesses, and civil society.
The High-Level Panel is supported by Chief of the Secretariat, Margo Thomas, Ph.D. and made possible through the financial support of the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), United Kingdom. Laura Tyson, Ph.D. and Jeni Klugman, Ph.D. were engaged as lead authors to prepare the September report along with a pool of experts who have submitted topic papers, peer-review articles and drafted specific sections of the report.
As women’s economic empowerment is relevant to most of the 17 SDGs, recommendations from the High-Level Panel will purposefully guide accelerated progress on multiple targets in the framework. The High-Level Panel will identify best practices in overcoming constraints to women’s economic empowerment and advocate investment in tackling these issues.