Making the SDGs work for women and poor people

Women workers who are part of a road maintenance team in Sindh Province, Pakistan

World leaders are meeting this weekend at the United Nations in New York to agree the new Sustainable Development Goals – so what are they, and what does CARE think of them?

What are the SDGs?

The target date for achieving the Millennium Development Goals was 2015. The MDGs led to some real progress in tackling global poverty – but they are only the start. Much more needs to be done.

The new Sustainable Development Goals – setting goals and targets for 2030 – are the most ambitious blueprint ever created for reducing poverty and inequality while fighting climate change.

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What does CARE want?

CARE campaigned for a stand-alone gender equality goal, so we’re delighted we’ve got one. Having global targets on critical issues, such as eliminating violence against all women and girls, and giving women equal economic rights and access to financial services, represents enormous progress.

Women’s economic empowerment is a key area of CARE’s work – and we are supporting the SDGs through our own ambitious goal to economically empower 30 million more women by 2020.

We also welcome the strong commitment to universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights (SDG 3 and 5); the broad commitment to the importance of financial inclusion; the stand-alone goal on climate change (SDG 13); and the commitment to ending hunger and malnutrition in all its forms (SDG 2).

The real test lies ahead

The real test for the SDGs will be ahead – when it comes to financing,  implementing and holding governments accountable for the goals. We think the best people to say if the SDGs are working are the people in poor and developing countries who they are supposed to be for. So we’re calling for an inclusive framework that puts citizens at the centre of the SDG process. Read more in this blog by our Head of Inclusive Governance, Gaia Gozzo.

What is CARE doing?

The United Nations summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda is being held in New York from 25 to 27 September: this is when world leaders will officially adopt the SDG agenda. CARE is co-hosting two side events at the UN summit:

Transforming Economies: Empowering women and girls

This high-level event hosted by the UK Department for International Development, UN Women, CARE and Vital Voices features a Call to Action for global leaders and actors across government, business and civil society to build a global coalition for the economic empowerment of women and girls. Read more in this blog by our Head of Women’s Economic Empowerment, Christine Svarer.

Citizen 2.0: Technology and Participatory Monitoring of the SDGs:

Co-hosted with Global Citizen, this event aims to ‘think big’ about how we can bring technology and citizen voice together to hold governments to account on implementing the SDGs. Read more in this blog by our chief executive Laurie Lee.

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