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2030 agenda unachievable if women left out – Puri

THE 2030 agenda for sustainable development in least developed countries (LDCs) will be unattained if women and girls are not empowered and gender equality is not achieved, deputy executive director of UN Women Lakshmi Puri has observed.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a framework that calls for a stronger follow-up and review mechanism that existed for the Millennium Development Goal (MDGs) to help ensure the Agenda is implemented for all and leaving no one behind.
Speaking at a round table meeting on human and social development and good governance at all levels at the just ended midterm review of the Istanbul Programme of Action recently; Ms Puri, who is also UN Assistant secretary-general challenged LCDs leaders to prioritise gender equality and women and girls empowerment.
She said gender equality and women empowerment is not only a priority but also inseparably linked to the implementation of many treaties and frameworks.
“Women in LDCs continue to be amongst the poorest and constitute the majority of the poor and suffer from the continued feminisation of poverty. Violence against women is high nearly 40 percent as compared to global average of 30 percent,” Ms Puri said.
Speaking at the same event, United Nations Population Fund director of programme division in New York Ramiz Alakbarov said it is time LDCs invested in young people if they are to realise the ambitious agenda 2030.
Mr Alakbarov said investment in human capacities to enable the young people achieve their potential is essential in all countries at all times.
He said LDCs can accelerate development within the course of a generation through increasing support to the health of children, adolescents and youths.
“We need to address the barriers to empowerment, education and employment women and girls experience due to lack of access to sexual and reproductive health, including child marriages, lack of access to modern contraceptives,” Mr Alakbarov said.

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