Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

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Post 2015 Civil Society Coalition meeting, 5 August 2015. Photo credits: UN Women/ Marta Garbarino.

On 1 January 2016, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by 193 world leaders in September 2015 at an historic UN Summit officially came into force. While the world has achieved progress towards gender equality and women’s empowerment under the Millennium Development Goals (including equal access to primary education between girls and boys), women and girls continue to suffer discrimination and violence in every part of the world.

Women have a critical role to play in all of the SDGs, with many targets specifically recognizing women’s equality and empowerment as both the objective and as part of the solution. Goal 5 is known as the stand-alone gender goal because it is dedicated to achieving these ends.

As such, UN Women Jordan is working in close collaboration with other UN Agencies in Jordan through a dedicated coordination mechanism and the Jordanian National Commission for Women to support the Government of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in identifying national indicators for the SGDs and to mainstream gender equality and women’s empowerment in their implementation. Building on the positive experience of the Post 2015 Development Agenda consultations held in 2013-2014, UN Women Jordan is supporting the civil society in playing an active role in the Sustainable Development Agenda through a dedicated forum of dialogue.

Step it Up Commitment

Jordan has been the first country in the Arab Region to accelerate implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and to the empowerment of women no later than 2030 by announcing its Step it Up! Commitment at the “Global Leaders’ Meeting on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: A Commitment to Action”, held on 27 September 2015 at UN Headquarters in New York. The Jordanian Government pledged to align its national legislation with international commitments and expand economic, social, cultural, political and legal support to women and girls, especially those living in rural areas.