Global Goals for Sustainable Development

On 1January 2016, a set of 17 new Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs) came into force. As successors of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the new SDGs are part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – a plan that incorporates the SDGs alongside agreements and strategies around financing for development and climate change.

One of the goals is specifically focused on gender equality. Goal 5 aims to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls and has nine specific targets for doing this. In addition, many of the other goals have components where gender equality is particularly relevant and where a gender focus is essential if targets are to be met.

Indicators to measure progress on the global goals are currently being developed. On 30 March 2016 the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) will meet to continue this process. A list of proposed indicators can be found here.

IDS has been working with other advocates for gender equality to encourage the UN to add indicators for hyper-marginalised groups – including people with disabilities, people who are stateless, LGBTI people and HIV positive women. This process has proved extremely valuable in showing the interlinked forms of discrimination experienced by these heterogeneous groups.

In this section we focus on the relevance of the SDGs for the four Interactions themes – unpaid care work, gender-based violence, urban health and women’s economic empowerment. 

Unpaid care work
Find out more about the goal 5 target on recognising and valuing unpaid care and domestic work, as well as the care-related dimensions of several of the other goals.

Urban health
What are the links between goal 3 on good health and wellbeing and goal 11 on sustainable cities and communities? Are the gender dimensions of each adequately recognised? Find out more here.

Gender-based violence
Find out more about the goal 5 target on eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls, and the gender dimensions of goal 16 on peace, justice and strong institutions.

Women’s economic empowerment
How do the SDGs promote or enable women’s economic empowerment? Find out more about the potential of goal 5 on gender equality, goal 8 on decent work and economic growth and goal 1 on ending poverty to do this.