Yesterday, July 19th the HLPF ended with the adoption of the Ministerial Declaration but not without some challenges. A vote was requested on paragraphs 4 and 21. Both paragraphs were retained the controversial issues being ‘self determination of people living under foreign occupation and language on multilateral trading systems. A full account of the session can be READ HERE
The review of SDGs 1, 2, 3, 5, 9 and 14 is contained in paragraphs 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 and 19 of the Ministerial Declaration The various paragraphs state the reality, and indicate commitment to close the gaps. Paragraphs 1 – 13 are a reiteration of promises already made through use of the following verbs – reaffirm (2), recognize (4), commit (3), foster (1), stress (1), note (1) reiterate (1) (the number after the verb indicates the number of times the verb is used.)
Paragraphs 20 recognizes that despite some positive development more is needed – coherent policies and an enabling environment for sustainable development at all levels by all actors. The following listing is provided: difficult macroeconomic conditions, low commodity prices, subdued trade growth and volatile capital flows, but also natural disasters, climate change, environmental degradation, humanitarian crisis and conflicts. Having said that yet there is conflict over paragraph 21.
The retention of the whole document is a step forward and much advocacy took place to ensure that there was a ministerial declaration.
I signed on this Statement by the Women’s Major Group calling for a strong declaration with full commitment to gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls with the Means of Implementation SEE
During the negotiations on the Ministerial Declaration June 15 and 16 I delivered the following statement on behalf of the Women’s Major Group Statement
During the negotiations I had the following Advocacy Points Reviewing the ministerial declaration you will see that they were not included. The most disconcerting one is the continued mention of ‘targeted measures’ in paragraph 14 in the context of a declaration to eradicate poverty, accelerate the pace of implementation, and decisive action is imperative and in response the best we can do is ‘targeted’ measures! While children and youth are recognized within the Major Group system and there are stakeholders on aging and people with disabilities and a strong emphasis on a life cycle approach I continue to hold that girls are most vulnerable to being left behind and being the ones furthest behind.