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Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

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On 25 September 2016, Malaysia was among the 192 countries that adopted the United Nations’ Global Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, a universal,integrated and transformative vision for a better world.This new framework is composed of 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets to wipe out poverty, eradicate inequality and tackle climate change over the next 15 years.

Rooted in gender equality and respect for the rights of all, this transformative global agenda promises to leave no one behind. While Goal 5 is for Gender Equality, women’s issues cut across all the goals. Women are the foundation of a strong country, resilient community and family. When women and girls are empowered socially, economically and politically, the country and all its citizens including men and boys will benefit and flourish. All societal actors, government, private sector and civil society must work together with greater commitment, coherence and solidarity to ensure no woman or girl is left behind.

In October 2015, NCWO joined several civil society organisations to form the Malaysia SDGs-CSOs Alliance. In February 2016, the Alliance presented a memorandum to the Minister in charge of EPU. One of the major recommendations articulated in the memorandum was a call to the government to engage CSOs in planning, implementation, monitoring & evaluation at national, state and local levels.

The alliance began a process of mapping the work of individual CSOs against the goals and targets of the SDGs. This was to collate information on the work of the CSOs and identify clusters of CSOs working on each SDG. On 1 October 2016 NCWO organised a SDGs workshop for our affiliates. 15 organisations participated in the programme which provided salient information about the SDGs in relation to gender. The organisations went on to map their work against the SDGs and targets.

On 15 and 16 November 2016 NCWO participated in the EPU/UNDP workshop : “Implementing the 2030 Agenda in Malaysia, a Multi-stakeholder partnership” where the CSO Alliance presented a paper articulating our vision of a collaborative framework of action towards achieving the SDGs in Malaysia. NCWO as the only women’s coalition on the Alliance is focussed on engendering the country SDGs roadmap and building capacity in the NCWO community to contribute towards its implementation and monitoring.

SDG technical discussion on inclusion lead by Ms Shanthi