UNGA CONFERENCE 2020
FIVE YEARS OF ACTION TOWARDS THE SDGS
DECLARATIONS AND RESOLUTIONS
Panel 1 Resolutions
Panel Session 1 reflected on 25 years after the Fourth World Conference on Women, held in Beijing in 1995, especially a review of how the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action adopted then.
Resolution 1.1: The UNGA Conference 2020 adopted the resolution that recognizes Gender Perspectives and Women’s Leadership in Policy Making, Good Governance and Accountability to include women. But it adds that women on their own may not achieve much, as has been observed the last twenty-five years, since Beijing 1995.
We the participants of UNGA Conference 2020 declare that gaps found in developing an inclusive policy should be filled, where both genders (men, women, boys and girls) learn from the start the importance of women’s enabling process to support their contribution to sustained household incomes and state economy.
Resolution 1.2 states that the public and private sectors, should recognize the inclusivity nature of both genders, especially when it comes to jobs, loans, opportunities for women, girls, as part of the wider process of transforming social and economic development in any country.
We the Conference participants declare that the public and private sectors, should recognize the inclusivity nature of both genders, especially when it comes to jobs, loans, opportunities for women, girls, as part of the wider process of transforming social and economic development in any country.
Resolution 1.3 acknowledged the slow gender-responsive implementation of the Global Goals 2030. The UN Women findings recognize the progress in the last twenty-five years where the percent of professional and higher-level staff who are women, has gone up from 32.6 percent in 1995 to 44.2 percent in 2020.
We the Conference participants declare that the number of women parliamentarians around the world should be improved from the current 25 percent to 50 percent in the next twenty-five years. We affirm the need to have a gender-balanced parliament, in government cabinet appointments and in the private sector and other institutions where this balance has not matured, while keeping in mind deep seated cultural impediments found in different societies.
Resolution 1.4 acknowledges the advancement in technology to enable women to become effective economic owners.
We the conference participants declare that more should be done to increase women’s access to technical resources, encourage more women to be social entrepreneurs and contribute to the economy through remunerative work rather than the domestic house economy they are known for.
Resolution 1.5 acknowledged that the advancement in technology has given rise to trendline of cyber violence and online hate crimes against women.
We the conference participants declare that there should be a stop to this growing global harassment of women and children cutting across national borders, cultures, and races. We agree with the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons Especially Women and Children, supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, adopted and opened for signature, ratification and accession by General Assembly resolution 55/25 of 15 November 2000.
Panel 2 Resolutions
Panel Session 2 focused on the review of five years of actions in implementing SDG #16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions. SDG #16 is an intersectional enabler for the implementation of the Global Agenda 2030.
Resolution 2.1 Despite the vital role of SDG 16, there are many global threats against establishing peaceful and just institutions, including: shrinking space of the civil society, severe human rights violations, particularly against women, immigrants, and people of color, increasing conflicts, and violence.
We the Conference participants declare that all nations, states, governments, civil society groups, take SDG 16 seriously as part of the wider policy development.
Resolution 2.2 Promotion and Protection of Human Rights Agenda 2030 declared the objective to leave no one behind; therefore, sustainable development goal #16 should be advanced as part of the human rights agenda as an essential element of policy development.
We the Conference participants declare that the Member States, national human rights organizations, and civil society are called upon to prioritize the integration of human rights, in order to create peaceful, just, and strong institutions.
Resolution 2.3 recognizes the decline of Democratic Values and Rise of Autocracies Globally by calling on the promotion of democratic values expressed in SDG #16.
We the Conference participants declare that the unchecked brutality of autocratic regimes and the ethical decay of democratic powers globally, requires an international intervention to make those countries less hostile, demand for democratic values from all to combat autocracies globally.
Resolution 2.4 addresses abuse of human rights of journalists and news reporters across the globe and the importance of information technology freedom.
We the Conference participants declare that declare that there should be a call to link good governance with the right to access information, transparency, and accountability, especially in countries where totalitarian regimes are known to suffocate justice.
Panel 3 Resolutions
Panel Session 3 discussed the lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic, with a particular focus on SDG #3 (Good Health and Well-Being) and SDG #17: Partnerships for the Goals.
Resolution 3.1 COVID-19 is a health crisis but also a Human Rights issue. The Pandemic is highlighting deep economic and social inequalities and inadequate health and social protection systems that require urgent attention as part of the public health response.
We the Conference participants declare that rather than just looking for a cure, there should be a harmonized response to economic downturn and inequalities, especially in poor economies.
Resolution 3.2 the right to health care services should also match the right to education by all children globally. The pandemic has brought about a crisis management process which creates imbalance on the way society assists elderly citizens, immigrants and other individuals in need, but less focus on children’s right to access quality education in schools.
We the Conference participants declare that a review on how the pandemic is being contained and how education is being delivered, while creating a balance on the way society assists elderly citizens, immigrants and other individuals in need.
Resolution 3.3 reflects on the COVID-19 and Right to Life in Prisons.
We the Conference participants declare that respective governments take urgent action in addressing the full range of infection risks faced by prisoners deprived of their liberty, by creating more space, reducing overcrowding, allowing more access to health services and the right to life by prisoners during the pandemic.