Arab Women in the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda

 UNDP Egypt

Date: 29 November -1 December 2015
Place: Cairo

The Arab Women Organization in partnership with UNDP Regional Bureau of Arab States, UN Women, and league of Arab States are convening a high level conference on the implementation of the post 2015 SDGs with respect to the important issues of gender equality and women’s empowerment.

The purpose is to discuss the related post 2015 sustainable development goals with a gender perspective in order to be gender inclusive and tackle the issue of Arab women empowerment and equality as they have been one of the most vulnerable groups due to continuing conflict and violence in the region. This conference will serve as a platform to facilitate thematic, policy and technical discussions on the endorsed SDGs and how they impact the key areas of gender equality and women’s empowerment.

The Conference aims at providing a set of recommendations that act as a reference/guidelines to assist policymakers, national women machineries and other key actors in the development field in the Member States to mainstream gender issues and advance the status of women in monitoring their progress in achieving the 17 SGDs in the coming 15 years.

Expected Outcomes
- The conference will stimulate discussion on the 17 thematic areas to provide countries in the Arab Region with a roadmap to implement the SDGs while ensuring gender equality and women’s empowerment are at the forefront of implementation and translated across national action plans.

- For the purpose of systematic monitoring and provision of guidance, foundations for a roadmap for implementation - including expected challenges and the way forward - will be drawn up to serve as a regional network providing support and expertise on implementation of SDG’s. The roadmap will also play an important role in setting the grounds for monitoring and tracking the progress made by the countries on the 17 goals.

- A set of recommendations to support national governments, civil society organizations, and women machineries to draw insights on how to mainstream gender throughout the implementation of all the goals and to focus the efforts on achieving significant, and measurable improvement’s in people lives with a particular focus on women.

- The set of recommendations will be discussed in Bahrain conference.

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