HLPF 2016: 12/7 – Session 6 – Creating Peaceful and More Inclusive Societies and Empowering Women & Girls

UN MGCY Statement
High-Level Political Forum
12 July 2016

Session 6: Ensuring that no one is left behind – Creating peaceful and more inclusive societies and empowering women and girls

Link to Statement:
2016 HLPF – UN MGCY Statement in Session 6

Thank you for giving us the floor, my name is Kelvin and I’m speaking on behalf of the Major Group for Children and Youth.

Half of the poorest people in the world live in conflict and fragile states. Conflict is a major threat towards achieving the 2030 Agenda, and implementation should integrate the outcomes of the World Humanitarian Summit and ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment.

We ask for the monitoring and reporting for the SDGs to be disaggregated to reflect the progress in fragile states and countries in conflict and post-conflict situation. We’d also like to hear the panelists thoughts on how the 2030 agenda can better benefit such states.

The potential and importance of youth and youth-led organisations in prevention and resolution of conflict has been recognised in Security Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security. We urge member states to incorporate these outcomes into their resilience and sustainable development plans.

To address the specific needs and utilize the potential of different segments of society, a age- and gender-responsive approach is needed. We ask member states and the UN system to therefore incorporate the age and gender-marker of the Compact for Young People in Humanitarian Action, to address the specific situation of young people and women and girls in humanitarian settings.

Root causes of conflict include poverty, inequality, and weak & ineffective institutions that do not adequately serve their population. To address such root causes requires partnerships with women, girls and youth at all levels. To create long-term sustainable solutions for peaceful and inclusive societies, good governance is key.

All sectors and groups of society must benefit from progress and have the possibility to participate in society and democratic life. For this to happen, we have to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

Empowering women and girls requires the fulfillment of their human rights, including sexual and reproductive health and rights. Practices such as child, early and forced marriage, sexual and gender-based violence and retrogressive cultural practices such as female genital mutilation must be abolished for the fulfillment of these rights. The empowerment of women and girls requires proactive legal, social, cultural and economic interventions.

Further investment in disaggregated data collection on the situation of women and girls living in vulnerable circumstances is necessary, to include those that are now invisible in official statistics.

Additional Talking Points:

– Good governance and access to basic services as a base for peaceful societies
– Providing equal working opportunities for women so as to enhance their competitiveness in the production industries.
– Conflict prevention, conflict resolution and conflict recovery
– Need to ensure that financing does not exacerbate underlying risk factors that creates disasters and conflict, to ensure a long-term approach to creating peaceful societies (i.e. nuclear disarmament, ecological tax reform, limiting arms trade)
– Young men are overrepresented as victims of homicide, and are often the target of forced recruitment and conflict-related violence. Age and gender-sensitive approaches needs to be based on a comprehensive analysis, and not exclusively focus on the situation of women and girls.
– Access to basic services and a respect for human rights is essential for empowerment, as well as for creating peaceful societies, including in humanitarian settings

To have a complete understanding of the impact of interventions on all segments of society, we need data disaggregated by age, in two year intervals up until, at least, the age of 19, and by gender, marital status, ethnic background, income, territory, and other status, while respecting the right to confidentiality and privacy. Further investment in disaggregated data collection on the situation of women and girls living in vulnerable circumstances is necessary, to include those that are now invisible in official statistics.

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