As the central platform for follow-up and review of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) starts today and  NYC groups will be taking action to advocate for accountability frameworks that allow civil society to work equally alongside partner UN agencies to advance gender equality.

The HLPF is a prime occasion to assess the progress of Goal 5, as well as the inclusion of gender across all Goals. While the SDGs present an opportunity to mainstream gender in all global sustainable development efforts, accountability mechanisms for monitoring their implementation are weak, with Goal 5 being the only SDG that has no timeframe set for its achievement. To expel the risk of watering down or losing progress on this important Goal, the United Nations must ensure an accountability framework that will allow civil society, UN Women and other agencies, and governments alike to advance gender equality through meaningful reforms, supported by the critical collection of gender data and adequate financing for the achievement of gender equality.

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