Monday, December 29

WFAC response to the SG Synthesis Report

Women for a Change, Cameroon (WFAC)   would like to express its sincerest appreciation and support to the United Nations Secretary General synthesis report on the post 2015 Agenda: The Road to Dignity by 2030: Ending Poverty, Transforming All Lives and Protecting the Planet

WFAC welcomes the SG synthesis report and most importantly the six essential elements for delivering the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.
WFAC believe that these 6 elements form the core of the universal human rights and development principles; it is critical in realising the future we want, post-Millenium Development Goals.

WFAC appreciates that the SG acknowledges the immense contributions of multiple stakeholders, including members of civil society organisations in mobilising a transformative post2015 development process as well as the recognition of young people as the torchbearers for the realisation of a Sustainable Development Agenda. The ‘leave no one behind’ approach, which involves young people, opens new avenues for building a mutual partnership between youth and leaders but also deconstructs structural inequalities based on class, age and gender, etc.

Also, we welcome the remarks made in the report regarding unfinished MDGs business and hope that the SDGs will correct this. We would especially like to see concrete timeframes allocated to end all forms of violence against women and girls, particularly harmful traditional and cultural practices like Child, Early and Forced Marriages, Breast Ironing, Beading and FGM/C by 2030. To this list of essential changes should be added the creation of services designed to address young people’s, and adolescent girl’s unmet sexual and reproductive health needs - including access to contraceptives and comprehensive sexuality education and information. 

The Post2015 agenda offers an impetus for meaningful change to all, including those living in the most remote places. As a grassroots organisation, we are very delighted to be part of this process and will keep raising our voices and those of the many women and girls whose rights continue to be abused and violated by the law, community and institutions. 


Zoneziwoh Mbondgulo Wondieh
Director, Women for a Change, Cameroon (WFAC) 


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Note: On 4 December, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon informally presented an advance, unedited version of his synthesis report on the post-2015 development agenda to UN Member States. "The Road to Dignity by 2030: Ending Poverty, Transforming All Lives and Protecting the Planet" outlines a vision for Member States to consider carrying forward in negotiations leading up to the UN Special Summit on Sustainable Development in September 2015 that will adopt the post-2015 development agenda. 

Read the advanced unedited version of the report is available via http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/

Read the Secretary-General's statement about the report via http://www.un.org/sg/statements/
Watch a video of the Secretary-General's briefing about the report here

Read NGOs and the major groups official responses to the SG Synthesis report via http://bit.ly/Submit-CSO-Response-SG-Synthesis 

Links to all submissions will be published live as they are received via http://bit.ly/CSO-Responses-Received-SG-Synthesis "