UNGA CONFERENCE 2020
Five Years of Action Towards the SDGs
23 September 2020, Wednesday
UNGA Conference 2020 will take place virtually this year
on the occasion of the 75th Session of the United Nations General Assembly
Five Years of Action Towards the SDGs: The successful implementation of SDG #17 (Strengthening the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development) remains at the focus of the UNGA Conference 2020. The JWF contributes to this mandate by mobilizing its Global Partners to share best-practices and policy suggestions on the achievement of the UN Development Agenda 2030.
In the Global Sustainable Report 2019 issued by UN DESA, the Secretary-General António Guterres indicated that “Despite considerable efforts these past four years, we are not on track to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. We must dramatically step up the pace of implementation as we enter a decisive decade for people and the planet”.
Under the main focus of SDG #17 and the 3 main topics of the Panel Sessions, the UNGA Conference 2020 seeks to address:
Target (17.09) Enhance international support for implementing effective and targeted capacity-building in developing countries to support national plans to implement all the sustainable development goals
Target (17.14) Enhance policy coherence for sustainable development
Target (17.16) Enhance the global partnership for sustainable development, complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources, to support the achievement of the sustainable development goals in all countries, in particular developing countries
Target (17.17) Encourage and promote effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships
Following a diligent consideration of policy outcomes from relevant sessions of UN WOMEN, ECOSOC, UN DESA, the Commission for Social Development and the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the UNGA Conference 2020 includes the below topics.
UNGA Conference 2020: Five Years of Action towards the SDGs will include a comprehensive debate taking stock of the past 5-years of actions towards the SDGs in three areas: (1) Women Empowerment and Gender Equality, (2) SDG #16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, and (3) Lessons learned from COVID-19 Pandemic: Evolving Social and Economic Development for Sustainability. Finally, the Conference also aims at providing a civil society perspective and assessment of the outcome from major United Nations Conferences and Summits since 2015.
PANEL 1 – WOMEN EMPOWERMENT and GENDER EQUALITY:
20 YEARS AFTER the BEIJING DECLARATION
2020 marked the 25th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women, held in Beijing in 1995. The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action adopted at this landmark gathering continues to guide the UN Agencies, Member States and women’s rights organizations to address the current challenges and constraints in empowerment of women and girls all around the world under its 12 critical areas of concern.
The Panel Session 1 aims to address the SDG #5 (Gender Equality) and SDG #10 (Reduced Inequalities). The panelists will discuss diverse topics with a focus on the women and girl’s empowerment, achieving gender equality in policy making and decision-making mechanisms, and also address the challenges and opportunities created by today’s technology for advancing the contributions of women to social and economic development.
PANEL 2 – IMPLEMENTING SDG #16 PEACE, JUSTICE and STRONG INSTITUTIONS
The Panel Session 2 targets the review of 5 years of actions in the implementation of the SDG #16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions). SDG #16 is an intersectional enabler for the implementation of the Global Agenda 2030. Despite its vital role, there are many global threats against establishing peaceful and just institutions: shrinking space of the civil society, severe violation of human rights, particularly against women, immigrants and color of persons, increasing conflicts and violence are among many others. The HLPF 2019 SDG 16 Conference organized by UN DESA indicates that the “SDG #16 is considered one of the most difficult SDGs to monitor” due to political sensitivities and complexity of data collection.
The panelists will discuss the SDG #16 with a particular focus on the promotion and protection of human rights, decline of democratic values and the rise of autocracy globally, rise of violence against human rights defenders and journalists, and the right to access information for transparency and accountability in governance. While identifying these issues, the panel also aims to provide a framework of collaborations between the stakeholders of development to tackle the challenges of implementing SDG #16.
PANEL 3 – LESSONS LEARNED FROM COVID-19 PANDEMIC: EVOLVING SOCIAL and ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FOR SUSTAINABILITY
The Panel Session 3 will discuss the lessons learned from COVID-19 Pandemic by with a particular focus on SDG #3 (Good Health and Well-Being) and SDG #17 (Partnerships for the Goals). This currently ongoing pandemic had posted an unprecedented threat to the global community without sparing any country or region. Implementation of the Global Agenda 2030 is now more challenging than ever as this historical situation has evolved the social and economic development for sustainability. Essential functions of governments and societies are being redefined given the extraordinary circumstances that we, the global community, have been going through since the emergence of the Coronavirus.
The panelists at the Panel Session 3 will discuss the COVID-19 Pandemic by focusing on the responses to this global health crisis emergency and best practices, the new era of online engagement, refugee rights during the pandemic, and the right to life in prisons for journalists, political prisoners, women and children.
- Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, The Fourth World Conference on Women, 4-15 September 1995, Beijing
- Global Sustainable Development Report, UN DESA, 2019
- HLPF 2019: SDG 16 Conference Outcome, co-organized by UN DESA, IDLO, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy, 27-29 May 2019
- HLPF 2019: SDG 16 Conference Concept Note, co-organized by UN DESA, IDLO, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy, 27-29 May 2019
- The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2019, UN, 2019
- Freedom in the World 2020 “A Leaderless Struggle for Democracy”, Freedom House, 2020
- Women’s Rights in Review 25 Years after Beijing, UN Women Research and Data Section, 2020
- Political declaration on the occasion of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women, CSW 64th Session, 9-20 March 2020
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- COVID-19 and People on the Move, UN, June 2020
- UNODC, WHO, UNAIDS and OHCHR Joint Statement on COVID-19 in Prisons and Other Closed Settings