UN New York, HLPF 2019 - We at MMM are convinced that empowering mothers can have a wide-ranging positive impact for the realization of many if not all the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This was the key message of the written statement we submitted to the United Nations in preparation of the upcoming High-Level Political Forum, the UN platform that follows-up and reviews SDGs implementation - with a particular focus this year on the SDGs on education (4), decent work (8), inequality (10), and peace (16).
For mothers around the world – especially the most disadvantaged, living in rural or remote areas, the 2030 development agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) offer hope for a better future for both themselves and their children.
But mothers must not only be considered as recipients: they must be considered as partners who have the potential to greatly contribute to the realization of this ambitious development agenda. Empowering mothers and investing in children and families can have a wide-ranging positive impact, right across many if not all the SDGs – a potentially high return on investment to advance sustainable development and peace, and make our world a better place.
We at MMM took the opportunity of the HLPF to show, in a written Statement, how empowered mothers can contribute to 3 the SDGs whose implementation will be reviewed this year. We also provide concrete recommendations on how this could happen.
Read the full written Statement as submitted
The High-Level Political Forum will take place on 9-18 July at the UN headquarters in New York under the auspice of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
In 2019, the HLPF will focus on SDG 4 (Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all), SDG 8 (Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all), SDG 10 (Reduce inequality within and among countries), SDG 13 (Reduce inequality within and among countries), SDG 16 (Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels) and SDG 17 (Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development).
A look back at our online High Level Panel Discussion of 25 November 2020 - Event recording, highlights, how you can get involved in the #RaiseAPen campaign
UN New York, HLPF - Invitation to a virtual side-event to the 2020 High-Level Political Forum on 16 July
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