In 2000, the United Nations established eight international development goals, called the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The MDGs were a diverse set of objectives—from eradicating extreme poverty to improving maternal health—that the U.N. wanted to reach by 2015. As this deadline approaches, the international community is looking ahead to define what’s come to be known as the Post-2015 Development Agenda, or “post-2015.”

IWHC and our partners are working with government leaders and U.N. agencies to ensure that women and girls have a principal spot in the Post-2015 Development Agenda. We know that sexual and reproductive health, gender equality, and women’s empowerment are essential for sustainable development. Efforts to eradicate poverty and achieve economic prosperity cannot succeed when women and adolescents, especially girls, are denied full rights and participation in society. 

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Governments Fall Short on Fulfilling Commitments to Women and Girls

At the UN's Commission on the Status of Women last month, governments missed the opportunity to to make concrete commitments to support the promises of the 2030 Agenda for women and girls.

Women’s Groups Call on Governments to Follow Through on Commitments to Gender Equality

  • March 10, 2016

Advocates are calling for governments to commit financial resources to organizations that advocate for women’s human rights.

Empowering Girls Is Key to Sustainable Development

A recent panel at the Wilson Center discussed how achieving the goals of the 2030 Agenda rests largely upon how successful the world is in advancing the rights of adolescent girls.

Women’s Groups Applaud UN Sustainable Development Goals

  • September 25, 2015

The newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals truly meet the needs and consider the rights of women and girls.

Global Development Plan Signals a Turning Point for Women and Girls

The commitments to sexual and reproductive health and rights made in the Sustainable Development Goals reflect much of what is needed to ensure that all women and girls can lead full and healthy lives.

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