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UNECE Regional Forum on Sustainable Development 2019 Report now ready

The report of the Regional Forum on Sustainable Development for the UNECE region on its third session is now available here.

As included in the Chair’s summary of the discussions in the Annex, the Round Table: Towards a world of equal opportunity – Tackling inequality caused by exclusion and discrimination, moderated by Alanna Armitage, Regional Director  Eastern Europe and Central Asia, UNFPA and Christine Brown, Head of the European Office for Investment for Health and Development, WHO, addressed violence against women and girls in addition to advances in gender equality, women’s rights and the empowerment of women and girls in the region. These have been uneven.

The social determinants of health were also recognized as being critical in reducing health inequalities, including the impact of lack of access to affordable, adequate, decent and sustainable housing, and food, income and employment insecurity. Formulation, implementation and monitoring of social inclusion policies and projects, including for ethnic minorities, such as Roma, and migrants are well placed at the local level. In all approaches the voices of those affected should be heard and taken fully into account. (paras 70-74) 

One of the panellists for the Focus event: How to measure progress? Data and statistics for SDGs was Marianne Haslegrave, Commonwealth Medical Trust and representative of the Regional Civil Society Engagement Mechanism. At the regional level, the Conference of European Statisticians’ Road Map on statistics for SDGs is a tool to give guidance, although it is in need of updating. There is, moreover, a clear need to improve the disaggregation of data to give a fuller picture on the groups left behind. Academia, the private sector and civil society all have a role to play as both producers and users of data. (paras 28-31)

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