During the summer we can reflect on the past year and prepare for the next. There is much going on at present including preparation for the UN anniversaries during 2020.
Whilst we were at the SI Convention in Kuala Lumpur the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) was running at the UN in New York:
- The HLPF was a review of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 4, 8, 10, 13, 16 and 17 for the countries which had submitted Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs). Six countries within SIGBI did so – Cameroon, Mauritius, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, South Africa and the UK. The reports from each of these are available online. Our UN representatives were active in making comments and sending in a report on SDG4 (Education) for the whole of SI. For an account of the HLPF see https://www.soroptimistinternational.org/an-inside-view-of-the-2019-ecosoc-high-level-political-forum/ .
- The SI Convention had a programme ranging across Water & Food Security, Technology & Innovation, Violence Trafficking & Exploitation, Healthcare & Lifetime Wellness, Youth Social Activism and Climate Action. It also included accounts of Programme Action from each Federation, updates on the SI President’s Appeals 2015-2017 and 2017-2019 (see the link for reports on all) and a look towards the one for 2019-2021. Donations for 2017-2019 can be made until 30 September 2019 whilst the new one will commence 1 October 2019. For a contribution to addressing Climate Change see https://www.soroptimistinternational.org/a-walk-on-the-wild-side-si-21st-convention-2019/ and an account of day 1 at https://www.soroptimistinternational.org/day-one-morning-kuala-lumpur-convention-19-july-2019/.
How can we justify and illustrate our Programme Action (PA) work and make it relevant to achieving the SDGs? The database and the Programme Focus Report Forms (PFRFs) are essential. Our current database is not appropriate. We have redesigned it so that the SDGs can be chosen easily, as can the 3As (Awareness, Advocacy, Action), the 3Es (Educate, Empower, Enable) and the 5Ps (People, Prosperity, Planet, Peace and Partnerships). You can choose more than one in each category but a main SDG must be identified. There is more room for text so that you can say what you did, why you did it, how you did it and the outcome. The numbers helped will have to be specific, or ‘not known’ ticked, as will any money raised. All this should make it easier for entering reports and enable more accurate and relevant analysis. Only projects entered will be used for our magazine, best practice awards and reports to SIGBI, SI and, of course, the UN. This should enable us to highlight much more credibly the work we all do to help women and girls be the best they can be.
Working together across all soroptimist clubs and all our partners will ‘strengthen our arms’, raise our profile and help us to be more effective in working towards implementation of the SDGs, whilst abiding by our fundamental principles.
1. The UN – 75 years;
2. Economic & Social Council – 75 years;
3. Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action– 25 years and 1325 20 years;
4. UN Women arose out of the ashes of UNIFEM and other entities – 20 years;
5. Copenhagen – Global Compact on Climate Change – 10 years;
6. Sustainable Development Goals – 5 years.