MDGsThe fifty-eighth session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 10 – 21 March 2014 (tentative date).

Priority theme:
“Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls.”

Review theme:
“Access and participation of women and girls to education, training, science and technology, including for the promotion of women’s equal access to full employment and decent work.”

Emerging issue:
“Women’s access to productive resources.”

EW Advocacy @ CSW58

Ecumenical Women submitted a joint advocacy statement signed by most of its member organizations to the United Nations, which can be found here: CSW58 EW Joint Advocacy Statement.

To read the most recent addition of Ecumenical Women’s advocacy guide, click here.

For background info about CSW and how Ecumenical Women undertakes advocacy, please go to the About CSW section of this site.

EW Events @ CSW58

Ecumenical Women is organizing an orientation, two advocacy dinners and daily worship at CSW58. Registration for orientation and the advocacy dinners is now closed.

For a calendar of all Ecumenical Women affiliated parallel and side events, click here.

CSW Orientation

When: Saturday, 8 March from 8:30am – 6:00pm (EST)

Where: Church Center for the United Nations
 777 UN Plaza
 New York, NY 10017

Cost: $40.00 per attendee.

Prior registration is required to attend this event.

CSW Orientation consists of worship, discussion of how to do advocacy at the United Nations and time to explore the CSW58 priority theme, “Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls.” Breakfast, lunch and a copy of our advocacy guide were provided with registration.

You can find a complete schedule for EW’s CSW58 Orientation here (revised).

Advocacy Dinners

When: Wednesday, 12 March and Wednesday, 19 March from 6:00pm – 8:00pm (EDT)

Where: Church Center for the United Nations
777 UN Plaza
New York, NY 10017

Cost: $18.00 per attendee per dinner.

Prior registration is required to attend these events.

Ecumenical Women delegates gathered to eat together, reflect on our experiences and consolidate our advocacy strategies for the days ahead.

Daily Worship

When: Monday, 10 March to Friday, 21 March from 8:00am – 8:30am (EDT)

Where: Church Center for the United Nations
777 UN Plaza
New York, NY 10017

Daily worship in the Church Center’s chapel allows us to rally together and worship God as we get ready for the day ahead.

Learn more about the Millennium Development Goals

While there is a lot out there on the MDGs and the post-2015 development agenda, the following resources should provide you with a basic entry point for learning more about the topic.  Be sure to check back here on our site frequently for videos, graphics, reports and other resources that discuss the MDGs and the post-2015 development agenda in more detail, particularly how they relate to women and girls.

An introductory video on the MDGs and how they were formed:

On April 5th, 2013, which marked 1,000-days before the 2015 target date to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, the UN launched its #MDGmomentum campaign.  For more info, click on the following infographic below (and then share it with others on social media):

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And finally, here are a few additional links to great resources on the MDGs and the post-2015 development agenda.  Some of these will be explored further in future posts:

Learn more about the Post-2015 Development Agenda

There are a number of different processes providing input into the post-2015 dialogue. Click the image below for a larger infographic timeline.  Subsequent paragraphs discuss each separate process and link to relevant reports.

Post2015 Timeline

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Open Working Group was established last January in response to recommendations from Rio+20, the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. While the working group is not due to present its final recommendations to the UN General Assembly until September 2014, the related Sustainable Development Solutions Network released a report on 7 May 2013 entitled “An Action Agenda for Sustainable Development.” It remains to be seen however, if the SDGs will end up representing an entirely separate set of goals or be merged into the post-2015 development agenda.  Most UN Member States seem to be leaning toward the latter.

As part of the UN-led process, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced the creation of a High Level Panel in July 2012 to advise on post-2015 development agenda. The panel was co-chaired by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia and Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom. After holding meetings in each of co-chairs’ respective countries (as well as brief meeting at the 2012 General Assembly), on 31 May 2013 the panel released its final report entitled “A New Global Partnership: Eradicate Poverty and Transform Economies through Sustainable Development,” which proposed 12 measurable goals and 54 targets for global development.

The United Nations Development Group) (UNDG) in conjunction with civil-society and other international organizations, recently led 88 consultations in specific countries and 11 global consultations around various themes. While a final synthesis report will be released by UNDG later this summer, an initial document was released on 20 March 2013 entitled “The Global Conversation Begins.”

UN Global Compact (UNGC), a strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with principles of human rights and other areas, released a report on 17 June 2013 entitled “Corporate Sustainability and the United Nations Post-2015 Development Agenda.”

In partnership with the Post-2015 Development Planning Team/Executive Office of the Secretary-General, the United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) is facilitating a consultation to gather critical analysis from civil society above.

All these (and other) parts of the UN-led process were considered at a “Special Event on the Millennium Development Goals” on 25 September during the 68th session of the UN General Assembly.

There are also a number of non-UN inputs working to influence the post-2015 dialogue. Beyond 2015, for instance, is a global civil society campaign that brings together more than 620 organizations.