MenEngage Alliance at The 2017 High Level Political Forum (HLPF) for Sustainable Development

The 2nd High Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development, was held at UN Headquarters in New York from the 10th – 19th of July, 2017, marking the second occasion for the convening of the main UN follow-up and review mechanism for the implementation of the transformative global agenda ‘Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development’ unanimously adopted by Member States in 2015.

Prior to attending the HLPF, the MenEngage Alliance prepared a Policy Brief providing a comprehensive Call to Action on the engagement of men and boys in social norms transformation for the achievement of the SDGs, in particular Goal 5. This document was developed from the emerging insights of a consultation held by the MenEngage Alliance, in partnership with UN Women and UNFPA and in collaboration with ABAAD, Breakthrough, CARE, IDS, IPPF, Promundo, Rutgers, Sonke Gender Justice, and Women Peacemakers Program, at the 61st Conference on the Status of Women. A follow-up e-dialogue is planned in the coming months in order to deepen the Alliances’ analysis on ways forward for a men and masculinities approach to achieving the SDGs.

At the HLPF, MenEngage Alliance co-sponsored a side event (alongside Women Deliver, Women for Women International, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), Civicus, FemNet, and Plan International – a group of organizations convened as part of the UN Women Advocacy Coalition). Titled: From Shrinking Spaces to Feminist Movement Building: Key Priorities on SDG 5 and 16 for Sustaining Peace, the side event was held on July 14th and the UN Plaza Church Center, and broadcast live over Facebook in order to ensure democratic participation for those unable to attend the HLPF. The occasion drew over 70 participants to discuss how civil society and social movement activism around the world is shrinking. Feminist movements and human rights defenders face additional layers of oppression due to the critical role they play in challenging patriarchal societies and a dialogue on ways forward for feminist movement building in the face of restricted space was carried out.

MenEngage also joined the Funding Leadership and opportunities for Women (FLOW) five-day Twitter storm (10-14 July) building pressure for governments to deliver on their promise of accelerating gender equality including #SDG5 in sustainable development, as part of the Prevention+ Coalition.