In 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals (a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all) were agreed by world leaders at the United Nations. The UK strongly advocated for the inclusion of SDG 5; a commitment to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls by 2030.
However, unlike 22 other countries, the UK Government has not set out a clear plan for how this international obligation will be met.
The Women and Equalities Committee published the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 5 in the UK report in March 2017.
Some of the report’s recommendations includes:
- The Government should domestically publicise its commitment to the SDGs in the UK
- The Minister for Women and Equalities should take responsibility for ensuring the achievement of SDG 5 across government.
- More needs to be done to engage with civil society on this important issue.