Red Flag document of the Women’s Major Group

Click here to read the red flag document of the women’s major.  These flags highlight critical areas needing attention in the Outcome Document – Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals. If you have been following this blog you will know that there are 17 sustainable development goals outlined. There is an introductory section having 18 paragraph leading into the Goals.

1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere.   2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture.   3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.   4. Ensure      inclusive and equitable quality education and promote life-long learning opportunities for all.   5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.    6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.   7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all           8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.    9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.    10. Reduce inequality within and among countries.   11. Make cities and human settlements             inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.   12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.                 13.Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.    14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.   15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.  16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.   17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development Finance

To see the targets connected with goal Click here

The Women’s Major Group do appreciate what is currently elaborated in the goals in the following words

” We welcome: The standalone goal 5: “Achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls” with its targets to end all forms of violence, discrimination, early and forced marriage and harmful practices against women and girls, universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights, to ensure women’s full participation in decision making, and equal rights to land and economic resources[1].  We also welcome the fact that gender equality and women’s rights are addressed in different goal areas including equal rights to education and life-long learning, to decent work and equal pay for work of equal value[2]; the stand alone goal on inequalities within and between countries, as this is imperative to addressing the root causes of poverty; and the targets to reverse the trend towards ever growing income inequalities by reforming global financial systems and fiscal measures; the goal on peaceful inclusive societies and its targets on participatory decision making, access to justice and reducing arms flow; the goal on Means of Implementation (MOI) and that in addition each goal area has its own set of implementation targets  – although many of these MOI targets lack ambition, we welcome the fact that, unlike the MDGs, the agenda has standalone goals on ecosystems, ocean, sustainable consumption and production[3] and a standalone goal on climate change which recognizes women’s role [4]; and that, the agenda comprehensively aims to end poverty and hunger, ensure healthy lives, universal access to water and sanitation for all.

However, the Women’s Major Group has continuously called for stronger rights-based targets and a deeper transformation of our economic and financial systems, which we regret are not reflected in the outcome document: the proposed SDGs are still not sufficiently ambitious, transformative or rights-based, and we present our “red flags”.

Red Flag 1)   Absence of Human Rights.  Red Flag 2)    Sexual and reproductive health targets do not go far enough.    Red Flag 3)    Concentration of power and wealth imbalances that deepen poverty and inequalities within and between countries are not sufficiently addressed, and the agenda lacks targets to reverse this trend.   Red Flag 4)   The burden of unpaid domestic and care work still rely on women.    Red Flag 5)   Lack of recognition  of women as farmers, fishers, indigenous peoples and key for sustainable natural resource management.  Red Flag 6)    Insufficient attention to women’s role in peace and justice.     Red Flag 7)    Concern around  “partnership(s)”   Red Flag 8)   Technology focus remains on trade and private access.  

To see the elaboration of each read flag Click here

Which of the goals and which of the red flag issues would directly advance your project?



2 million people have voted in the World We Want 2015

smallimg_d00ce560 (1)Yes, 2,103,976 to be exact have cast their votes for the world we want 2015.  Have you voted?  It is not too late to do so.  Go to this page.  You are presented with 16 options and you can choose 6.  Lastly you can make your own selection as to what you think is most important.  I suggest you think about our advocacy points – Girls Rights or Social Protection Floors.  The survey is available in 16 languages.  The United Nations whats to know what matters most to you. Vote now!

If you want to see a break down of the 2 million voices CLICK HERE  The numbers are analyzed by sex, age, and education.  You can further see what numbers voted in any particular country.  There are three drop down boxes in which you can insert country, sex, education, age and human development index.   I will take Ireland as a example, all genders, all education levels between 16 and 30 years.  We see that 677 votes were cast.  Ist priority a good education, 2nd better health care and 3rd an honest and responsive government.  Changing to only the country to Ethiopia – we find that 11,575 votes were cast.  Priorities – a good education, better job opportunities, and better health care.  An honest and responsive government was 4th in Ethiopia.  Why don’t you explore your own country and see who voted and what the priorities are.

Just below there is a ‘SEGMENTS MAP’.  This is colorful but you can see quickly that education is the first priority throughout the world. Check out what is second and note where the variation is?  See where climate change features.

Now read Pope Francis’ statement on ‘Stabilizing the Climate and Giving Energy Access to All with an Inclusive Economy’  Click here   How does this statement contrast with the 16 areas listed in the my world survey.

“…today we have changed our natural environment to such an extent that scientists are redefining the current period as the Age of the Anthropocene, that is to say an age when human action, through the use of fossil fuels, is having a decisive impact on the planet. If current trends continue, this century will witness unprecedented climate changes and ecosystem destruction that will severely impact us all.

Human action which is not respectful of nature becomes a boomerang for human beings that creates inequality and extends what Pope Francis has termed “the globalization of indifference” and the “economy of exclusion” (Evangelii Gaudium), which themselves endanger solidarity with present and future generations.”

These are the big questions that are being address within the United Nations as the Open Working Group (UN Member States) prepare its reports for the General Assembly in September.

“Humanity needs urgently to redirect our relationship with nature by adopting the Sustainable Development Goals so as to promote a sustainable pattern of economic development and social inclusion. A human ecology that is healthy in terms of ethical virtues contributes to the achievement of sustainable nature and a balanced environment. Today we need a relationship of mutual benefit: true values should permeate the economy and respect for Creation should promote human dignity and wellbeing.” 

Regional Outreach Latin American and Caribbean Countries on the Work of the Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Finance

Good Shepherd was privileged to have Marta Iris chosen as one of the NGO’s to make a statement promoting the social protection floors and indicating sources of finance for sustainable development.   While the official documentation is in Spanish see bottom of the page for Marta’s statement in Spanish and English.  Read here Official documentation from CEPAL/ECLAC