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Committee’s contribution to the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF)

Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women

The United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) was established in 2012 through the outcome document of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), "The Future We Want". The Forum meets annually under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council for eight days, including a three-day ministerial segment and every four years at the level of Heads of State and Government under the auspices of the General Assembly for two days. 

The CEDAW Convention is considered as the principal legal framework for assessing discrimination against women and girls as it provides robust standards on equality and non-discrimination for all women, in all fields. It also provides critical normative standards that are intrinsically linked to the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development such as those related to non-discrimination, political participation, education, health, food, housing, and freedoms of expression and assembly.

The CEDAW Committee places great interest in the progress achieved by States parties to the Convention in implementing SDG target 5.1 (end all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere) and its indicator 5.1.1 (whether or not legal frameworks are in place to promote, enforce and monitor equality and non-discrimination on the basis of sex).  It also aims to take the outcome of the High Level Political Forum country reviews into account when preparing its dialogues with the States parties to the CEDAW Convention. 

Since 2016, the Committee has regularly submitted contributions to the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, in response to a call for inputs by the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.  The submissions can be found here.