Leveraging the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for Gender Equality and Peace: WILPF Webinar on the 2017 High Level Political Forum (HLPF)

Date: 28 June 2017

9:00am – 10:00am (EST)/3:00pm – 4:00pm (CET)

In 2015, the world’s governments adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a universal agenda committing Member States to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. The SDGs include 17 goals, including gender equality (Goal 5) and peaceful societies (Goal 16), as well as means of implementation (Goal 17).

WILPF has advocated for a conflict prevention approach to development that strengthens gender equality and peace. With our coalition, the Women’s Major Group, we mobilise action to demand global development based on disarmament and women’s full and equal socioeconomic participation, political participation and human rights. WILPF has particularly brought attention to how the targets arms proliferation (target 16.4) exacerbates gender based violence (target 5.2); how arms reduce inclusive participation (16.7); and how arms proliferation are part of political economies of war rather than gender justice and sustainable peace.

This webinar will share information and lessons learned on where are we now in the SDGs, what are the challenges and opportunities, and how can activists leverage the SDGs for local action on gender equality, disarmament and sustainable peace.

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