Task Force Welcomes Joint Statement to Open Working Group on Sustainable Development GoalsUnited Nations, New York

8th Session, February 3-7, 2014

The High-Level Task Force for the ICPD welcomes the joint statement delivered today by the United Nations Ambassador of Argentina on behalf of a cross-regional group of 50 Member States, during the Eighth Session of the Open Working Group on promoting equality, including social equity, gender equality and women’s empowerment in the Sustainable Development Goals.

The statement calls on the international community to address structural inequalities and discrimination in the Sustainable Development Goals and Post-2015 development agenda, and urges that gender equality, the human rights of women, girls and young people, and the sexual and reproductive health and rights for all be essential pillars of the new framework.

“A post-2015 development agenda that is truly effective and inclusive must place people at the centre and tackle the root causes of inequalities and discrimination for all members of humankind,” it asserts.

“Achieving gender equality and advancing the human rights of women, girls and all young people, especially those living in poverty or otherwise excluded and marginalized must be prioritized and the systematic inequities they and other groups face worldwide addressed.”

The statement was delivered on behalf of the Governments of Albania, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cape Verde, Colombia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Haiti, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Mexico, Montenegro, Mozambique, Netherlands, Norway, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Portugal, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom and Uruguay.