Women’s Empowerment and the Link to Sustainable Development

As part of the ECOSOC, the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) will review the policies that are dedicated exclusively to promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women. 

During the sixtieth session of the CSW in 2016, Member States adopted Agreed Conclusions on the link between women’s empowerment and the Sustainable Development Goals. 

The gender dimensions of sustainable development are clearly reflected in Goal 5 and in the 2030 Agenda as a whole. Women’s empowerment is recognized as key to achieving the three dimensions of the SDGs -- social, economic and environmental sustainability. to ensure that no woman and no girl is left behind when implementing the SDGs.

During the sixty-fifth session of the CSW,  Member States reviewed the extent to which Member States have implemented the Agreed Conclusions from the sixtieth session of the Commission.  As part of its review, the Commission also considered the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on women’s empowerment and sustainable development.

In assessing the progress made in achieving gender equality, Commission must assess what challenges still remain and what actions still need to be taken to accelerate the achievement of the SDGs and the vital role that the empowerment of women plays in this process.