UN Women and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) will convene an expert group meeting from 30 to 31 May at UN Headquarters in New York, to discuss “Strategies to Achieve Gender Equality and Empower all Women and Girls through the Gender-responsive Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”.

The two-day expert group meeting is taking place in the lead up to the High Level Political Forum (HLPF), an intergovernmental platform that provides political leadership, guidance and recommendations for sustainable development and reviews the progress on SDG implementation.

The meeting will gather representatives from governments, UN entities, civil society and other organizations to explore good practices, challenges and lessons learned in the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal  5 on gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls, as well as linkages between SDG 5 and other SDGs.

The 2017 HLPF, scheduled to be held from 10 – 19 July, under the theme of “Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world” will review the following set of SDGs: SDG 1, on ending poverty; SDG 2, on ending hunger, achieving food security and improving nutrition; SDG 3, on ensuring healthy lives and wellbeing; SDG 5, on achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls; SDG 9, on building resilient infrastructure, promoting inclusive and sustainable industrialization and fostering innovation; SDG 14, on conservation and sustainable use of the oceans, seas and marine resources; and SDG 17, on revitalizing the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development. 

In addition, 44 countries will present voluntary national reviews on their implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

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