United Nations Special Programme for the Economies of Central Asia (SPECA)/Meeting of the Thematic Working Group on Gender and Economy (TWGGE)

19 Sep 2018
Almaty, Kazakhstan

With the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in September 2015, achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls is not only defined as a stand-alone goal – SDG 5 – but it is strongly recognized as a force multiplier across all areas: 11 out of the 17 SDGs have integrated gender-sensitive targets. Many of these targets outline the means of implementation, such as economic reforms, use of enabling technologies and strengthening of legislative and policy environment.

The meeting of the SPECA Thematic Working Group on Gender and Economy, held in Geneva on 27 February 2017 identified priorities for sub-regional cooperation on the implementation of the SDG 5 and agreed on key recommendations to build coherent gender-transformative policies. Following these recommendations, the current SPECA TWGGE meeting will bring together policy makers and specialists to assess progress, examine good practices and agree on policy principles that will help Governments improve the way they develop and implement policies and measures. The theme for this year’s meeting will be: ‘Accelerating progress towards gender equality and achieving the SDGs: strategies for advancing women’s economic empowerment in the SPECA region’

Key objectives of the meeting are:
a. Review of policies, programmes and measures to achieve SDG 5 and its linkages to other SDGs in key areas as a follow up to the recommendations of the SPECA TWGGE meeting in February 2017;
b. Identify opportunities for further sub-regional cooperation on the implementation of the SDG 5, with a particular focus on women’s economic empowerment;
c. Adopt a work plan for 2018-2019.

This meeting, co-organized by UNESCAP and UNECE, expects the participation of representatives from SPECA counties, UNDP, UN Women and other international organizations. Through the one-day meeting, SPECA TWGGE would aim to carve out a common vision and strategic priorities for sub-regional cooperation in achieving SDG 5.