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July 2016


What do Women Living with HIV really want? Accountability for the SGDs

High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) in NYC.


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NEW YORK— This week world leaders will gather at the UN in New York for the first High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).

The HLPF, held July 11- 20 is the global forum where the country implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be monitored and evaluated. This means that countries will report back to the HLPF about their progress and activities to achieve the SDGs over the next 15 years.

This year 22 countries have volunteered to report on their progress implementing the SDGs to the HLPF.

The HLPF is “designed to provide political leadership, guidance and recommendations on the 2030 Agenda's implementation and follow-up; keep track of progress; spur coherent policies informed by evidence, science and country experiences; as well as address new and emerging issues.”

Although it has only been 6 months since the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs) were passed, the HLPF will be an important forum to discuss the means of implementation for the Global Goals and ensure that key commitments to issues such as gender equality get the focus and investment they need at the global, regional and country levels.

The SDGs or Global Goals as they are sometimes called set an important and necessary agenda for women and girls living with HIV around the world. Two key examples:

Goal 3: includes specific targets to: reduce maternal mortality; end AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis by 2030; ensure access to safe, effective quality and affordable medicines; and critically, ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health care services including family planning which was a contentious issue throughout the SDG negotiations.

Goal 5: includes specific targets on ending all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere, eliminating all forms of violence in public and private spheres and ensuring universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights. 

For the SDGs to be successful, ICW believes that civil society and especially networks of women living with HIV must be involved in implementation and have support to monitor and challenge whether the Goals are being met from the very start!

ICW has been working with networks of women living with HIV around the world in Namibia, Mozambique, Russia, Ukraine, Thailand, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya and Zimbabwe to help women learn more about the SDGs and undertake advocacy to be involved in the decision-making spaces where the SDGs are being implemented at the country level.The voices of women living with HIV must be heard in this global dialogue.

ICW is joining other civil society organizations to let global leaders know women living with HIV are watching – the world is watching!


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