This is a good question and the following gives some background as what is being proposed for the Sustainable Development Goals.
From the Guardian and prepared by Carla Kweifio-Okai – 14 January 2015
Decisions made in 2015 will help shape the women’s rights agenda for the next 15 years. In September, world leaders will endorse a new set of development goals at the UN. The proposed sustainable development goals (SDGs), which will replace the millennium development goals (MDGs), feature a standalone goal on gender, which encourages the world to “achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls”.
Goal number five of the SDGs currently features nine targets, which are:
- End all forms of discrimination against women and girls everywhere
- Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation
- Eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilations
- Recognise and value unpaid care and domestic work, and the promotion of shared responsibility within the household and the family as nationally appropriate
- Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making
- Ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights
- Undertake reforms to give women equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to ownership and control over land and other forms of property
- Enhance the use of enabling technologies, in particular ICT, to promote women’s empowerment
- Adopt and strengthen sound policies and enforceable legislation for the promotion of gender equality
Discussions about the content of the goals, which will apply to all countries, began in 2013, and a final draft was published in July. The UN starts negotiations next week on finalising the SDGs.
There will be opportunities to discuss the SDGs at the upcoming CSW!