The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) convened the Annual Meeting of the SPECA Working Group on Gender and SDGs: "Gender-responsive policies to achieve SDG5 in the context of COVID-19 pandemic: critical and key emerging issues in the SPECA region", on Tuesday 2 November 2021 from 15:30 – 18:30 hours (GMT+7).
The SPECA Working Group on Gender and Sustainable Development Goals (WG on Gender and SDGs) is a subsidiary body within the governing structure of the UN Special Programme for the Economies of Central Asia (SPECA). It works to raise awareness on the interdependency between gender and economy through sharing good practices in mainstreaming gender in economic policies, policy-oriented research and projects as well as developing cross-sectoral linkages and synergies with other relevant areas of the SPECA activities.
The overall objective of the meeting of the SPECA Working Group on Gender and SDGs is to serve as a platform for policy dialogue, capacity-building and networking for concerned government stakeholders from relevant key ministries and agencies in SPECA countries to discuss critical and key emerging issues related to gender equality, poverty reduction and economic growth in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals. Participants share advances made and challenges encountered with respect to the implementation of SDG 5 on gender equality and will further discuss strategies to forge ahead on key issues to advance gender equality, including women’s full economic and political empowerment.
The meeting of the SPECA Working Group on Gender Equality and SDGs brought together government representatives working towards the realization of Sustainable Development Goal 5 (achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls) and the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action in SPECA countries. In addition to government representatives, participants included representatives of relevant UN agencies, funds and programmes; representatives of civil society organizations; and other relevant stakeholders across Asia and the Pacific.
The outcome of the meeting of the SPECA Working Group on Gender and SDGs informed the work of ESCAP and UNECE towards the Beijing+30 review process within the context of sub-regional collaboration with SPECA countries. It is expected that one or more joint initiatives will be identified for potential future sub-regional collaboration. The key recommendations are expected to identify, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, both opportunities and challenges to achieving the ambitions of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and Sustainable Development Goal 5.