How can the SDGs accelerate the WPS Agenda?

Monday, July 8, 2019

How can the SDGs accelerate the WPS Agenda? WILPF at the 2019 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

From 9-18 July, a WILPF delegation including women peacebuilders from Cameroon, the United Kingdom, Norway, and the United States will be attending the United Nations’ High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, to call on governments to make the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) work for women and girls in conflict.

WILPF has been mobilising the international community to leverage the SDGs, especially SDG16 on peaceful and inclusive societies, to accelerate commitments on Women, Peace and Security. Ahead of this year's forum, WILPF took a leading role in co-drafting our coalition Women's Major Group 2019 Position Paper, and is advocating based on coalition consensus positions for this year's political declaration to be bold and address structural obstacles to gender equality and peace. As part of her role as an elected Global Organising Partner for the Women's Major Group, our WPS Programme Director Abigail Ruane ​contributed to expert group meetings ​in Vienna, Rome, and New York to accelerate this work on SDG 16. 

During the HLPF, we are supporting a ​variety of events, including a Friends of 1325 meeting on synergies between the Women, Peace and Security and Sustainable Development agendas. Join us!


WILPF-Supported Events at the 2019 HLPF

8 July 3PM-6:30PM: Women's Major Group Orientation and Strategy Meeting, (CLOSED meeting, for more information contact 

9 July, 6:30-8:30PM: "Women's and Feminists' Perspectives Toward the High-Level Political Forum", Women's Major Group Side Event to the HLPF, UNHQ CR1.

11 July 2019, 9:30AM-11:30AM: "Conversation with authors of the global Civil Society Report, Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2019 - Reshaping governance for sustainability: Transforming institutions – shifting power - strengthening rights(Baha'i International Community, conference room at 866 UN Plaza). WPS Programme Director Abigail Ruane, a contributor to the Report, will be speaking at the event. RSVP: by 9 July.

14 July, 10AM-5PM: Ground-Level People's Forum, The People's Forum, 320 W 37th St, New York, NY. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

15 July, 8:30AM-9:45AM: "Sustainable Development and the Women, Peace and Security Agenda: Synergies for Action" (CLOSED meeting of the Group of Friends on 1325, for more information contact

15 July, 10AM-2:00PM: "Making Sustainable Development work for Women and Girls in Conflict: Strengthening an Integrated Approach to Gender Equality, Sustainable Development, and Peace" (WILPF CLOSED Workshop)   

For more information about WILPF's advocacy around the SDGs, visit our 2019 HLPF page on our website.

Read more about WILPF's take on the SDGs in our blog.


Join our Campaign #WomenLead2030! 

Women are leading the way on sustainable development, and their work deserves attention - not slow progress or even regress made by governments.

Join WILPF's campaign #WomenLead2030. Our goal for this campaign is to amplify the work and perspectives of local women throughout the world who are designing peaceful and inclusive futures from the bottom up. 

Check out our social media toolkit with visuals for each SDG, and suggested posts. Every visual highlights work done by WILPF members and partners towards each SDG.




Our #FeministDemand for HLPF: Background Documents and Advocacy Materials

Photo credit: Women's Major Group