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Review of SDGs implementation: SDG 5

This session will look at the implementation of goal 5 as well as interlinkages with the rest of the goals – examining a gender-responsive implementation of the 2030 Agenda. Despite extensive efforts made by governments to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls, they continue to be subjected to discrimination, violence and harmful practices and denied the full realization of their human rights. The gender-responsive implementation of the 2030 Agenda presents an enormous opportunity to achieve gender equality, end poverty and hunger, combat inequalities within and among countries, build peaceful, just and inclusive societies, protect and promote human rights, and ensure the lasting protection of the planet and its natural resources. Through an interactive discussion facilitated by a moderator, the session will identify strategies and measures to effectively implement SDG 5, including through exploring good practices, lessons learnt, challenges and effective solutions.

Proposed Guiding Questions

  • Since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda, what progress has been made in ending discrimination against women and girls in laws, policies and practices and what are good practice examples by governments and other stakeholders to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls?
  • What are key recommendations to ensure the gender-responsive implementation of the 2030 Agenda and how can accountability for gender-responsive implementation of the SDGs be enhanced?
  • What are successful multi-stakeholder partnerships at the global, regional, national and sub-national levels for accelerated gender-responsive implementation of the SDGs? What made the partnerships successful?

Presiding Officer:

  • H.E. Mrs. Marie Chatardova, Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic to the United Nations, Vice-president of Economic and Social Council

Moderator

  • Mr. Craig Mokhiber, Director and Deputy for the ASG for Human Rights, OHCHR, New York

Statistical Snapshot

Panellists

  • H. E. Ms. Salma Nims, Secretary General of Commission for Women, Jordan
  • Ms. Jane Sanyu Mpagi, Director of Gender and Community Development, Ministry of Gender Labour and Social Development, Uganda

Lead discussants

  • Ms. Nalini Singh, Executive Director, Fiji Women's Rights Movement (FWRM), representative of Women's Major Group
  • Mr. Roberto Bissio, Executive Director, Instituto del Tercer Mundo and Coordinator of Social Watch, Uruguay

Interactive discussion

Biographies
H.E. Ms. Salma Nims
Secretary General of Commission for Women, Jordan
H.E. Ms. Salma Nims

Secretary General of Commission for Women, Jordan

Dr. Salma Nims was appointed Secretary-General of the Jordanian National Commission for Women in 2014. She works to further its mission to transform the national development agenda to ensure the full and equal participation of men and women in the development process, as means to achieving development as well as gender equality in Jordan. She holds a PhD in Development Planning (2004) and a MSc in Sustainable Development (1998) from University College London, University of London. She has 15-years’ experience in the areas of gender and development and has been an activist for women’s rights since the early 1990s.

Mr. Craig Mokhiber
Director and Deputy for the ASG for Human Rights, OHCHR, New York
Mr. Craig Mokhiber

Director and Deputy for the ASG for Human Rights, OHCHR, New York

Mr. Craig Mokhiber is a Director in the New York Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). A lawyer and specialist in international human rights law, policy and methodology, he has served the UN since 1992. As chief of the Human Rights and Development Team in the 1990s, he led the development of OHCHR's original work on human rights-based approaches to development and human rights-sensitive definitions of poverty. He has also served as the UN's Senior Human Rights Advisor in both Palestine and in Afghanistan, led the team of human rights specialists attached to the High Level Mission on Darfur, headed the Rule of Law and Democracy Unit, and served as Chief of the Economic and Social Issues Section, and Chief of the Development and Economic and Social Issues Branch at OHCHR Headquarters.

Mr. Roberto Bissio
Executive Director, Instituto del Tercer Mundo and Coordinator of Social Watch, Uruguay
Mr. Roberto Bissio

Executive Director, Instituto del Tercer Mundo and Coordinator of Social Watch, Uruguay

Roberto Bissio coordinates the secretariat of Social Watch, an international network of citizen organizations monitoring governments' international commitments. He is executive director of the Third World Institute, a non-profit research and advocacy organization based in Uruguay and member of the editorial team of the Spotlight report on sustainable development. Mr. Bissio is a member of the international committee of Third World Network and serves on the board of the Program on Women's Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, based in Delhi, India. In 2004, together with Nafis Sadik, Sir Richard Jolly, Dr. Mbikusita-Lewanika and Margaret Snyder, Mr. Bissio was member of an advisory panel to UNIFEM that recommended the upgrading of that fund for women into a full UN agency, kicking off a process that ultimately led to the creation of UN-Women. He was been a member of the civil society advisory group to the UNDP administrator between 2000 and 2014. He served on the board of WEDO (Women’s Environment and Development Organization, based in NY) and of the Montreal International Forum. Mr. Bissio has written on development issues since 1973 as a journalist and columnist and he is the author of the reference books “Third World Guide” and “World Guide”.

Ms. Jane Sanyu Mpagi
Director of Gender and Community Development, Ministry of Gender Labour and Social Development, Uganda
Ms. Jane Sanyu Mpagi

Director of Gender and Community Development, Ministry of Gender Labour and Social Development, Uganda

Ms. Sanyu Jane Mpagi is a gender and social development expert. She works in the National Machinery for promotion of Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women which is the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development in the Republic of Uganda. She is currently the Director for Gender and Community Development. She has wide experience in policy analysis, programme development and implementation, of over 20 years. She holds a Master’s Degree in Development Studies specializing in Gender Analysis in Development, from University of East Anglia, UK and Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture specializing in Rural Development, Extension, Administration and Management. She also has specialised in Food Science and Nutrition, population issues, community development, Microfinance, Social Protection as well as Public Administration and Management.

Ms. Nalini Singh
Executive Director, Fiji Women's Rights Movement (FWRM)
Ms. Nalini Singh

Executive Director, Fiji Women's Rights Movement (FWRM)

Nalini Singh (Ms) is from Fiji. She is a graduate of the University of the South Pacific and has also studied at the Australian National University. Presently she is the Executive Director of the Fiji Women's Rights Movement (FWRM/ www.fwrm.org.fj), Suva, Fiji. Her previous work experience include Programme Manager at the Asian Pacific Resource and Research Center for Women (ARROW / www.arrow.org.my), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Programme Officer at the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD/www.apwld.org), Chiang Mai, Thailand and Programme Assistant at the UNDP Pacific Regional Human Rights Education Resource Team (RRRT/ http://rrrt.spc.int/), Suva, Fiji. As a Social Development Specialist, Nalini has over 17 years’ experience in design, implementation, management, monitoring and evaluation of development programmes with a focus on women’s human rights including sexual and reproductive health and rights in Asia Pacific. She is skilled in community-based development interventions carried out in partnership with local and national civil society groups. Nalini has experience in multi-level and multi-sectoral policy advocacy, coalition and partnership building, as well as networking. She also has broad experience in engaging with youth and marginalized communities. Nalini has long-term experience in supporting institutional and organizational strengthening, policy analysis and M&E.

Statements
Statements
H.E. Mr. Peter Thomson, President of the General Assembly
Mr. Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs
Fiji
H. E. Ms. Salma Nims, Secretary General of Commission for Women, Jordan
Mr. Roberto Bissio, Instituto del Tercer Mundo and Coordinator of Social Watch, Uruguay
Ms. Jane Sanyu Mpagi, Ministry of Gender Labour and Social Development, Uganda
Ms. Nalini Singh, Fiji Women's Rights Movement
Romania
Scientific and Technological Community (STC)
Uganda
Presentations
Ms. Francesca Berucci, Representative of the Statistics Division of DESA