Thursday, December 18, 2014
PeaceWomen Consolidated Themes:
General Women, Peace and Security
The Women's Major Group presents its analysis and response to the United Nations Secretary-General's Report “The Road to Dignity by 2030: Ending Poverty, Transforming all Lives and Protecting the Planet”. Gender equality and women and girls' human rights and empowerment have been highlighted as a prerequisite for achieving sustainable development throughout the post-2015 process. The Women's Major Group calls for continued strong and global support for gender equality, the full realization of all women's and girls' human rights and empowerment to be a stand-alone goal and addressed as a crosscutting issue.
The Women's Major Group is therefore disappointed to note that the Secretary-General's Synthesis Report lacks ambition toward and a strategy for the transformative and action-oriented agenda we need to achieve a gender equal and human rights-based sustainable development for all. While there are positive elements to the report, the WMG advises against taking the Report as the “starting point” for the intergovernmental negotiations. It constitutes a significant step back from the OWG in many cases and falls far short of the demands of the Women's Major Group.