Regional Consultation on the SDG Baseline Publication: Evidence-based Advocacy for Gender Equality and Localization of SDGs in Asia and the Pacific

Event | 15 - 17 November 2016 The Landmark, Bangkok, Thailand

Background

The Baseline Publication is expected to provide a snapshot of the current status (baseline) as well as concrete measurements to track progress towards gender equality in the Asia and Pacific region under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) framework. It aims to identify data gaps (in statistics) as well as provide a policy tool to help governments in the region to improve gender equality outcomes by 2030. The study will focus on the gender equality goal, SDG Goal 5, but will also include all goals and targets that aim to measure progress in improving women’s lives.

Objectives

The overall purpose of the regional consultation is to garner feedback on the key findings of the baseline publication and to support its use as a policy tool achieving gender equality, empowerment of women and promotion of women’s rights.

Under the strategic partnership of ADB and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), and support from the Korean Women’s Development Institute (KWDI), this regional consultation will expand collaboration with member countries, civil society and other key stakeholders for: 

  1. the formulation of the baseline publication; 
  2. implementation of its recommendations, and 
  3. enhancing commitment and accountability for the progress towards the achievement of the SDGs in the next 15 years.

Expected outputs

The regional consultation is expected to lead to the following:

  • Common understanding of the current situation on gender equality and women’s empowerment, including, trends, gaps, opportunities and challenges in the region
  • South-south learning and knowledge exchange on data availability and comparability across the region for tracking progress across all the gender-related SDG goals and targets
  • Critical feedback from key national stakeholders to finalize the baseline publication
  • Recommendations to support the roll out of the baseline publication and the indicator framework for monitoring progress towards gender equality vis-à-vis the SDGs tailored to Asia and the Pacific region.
  • Initial user-producer dialogue to increase accessibility, quality and demand for gender statistics
  • Identify potential entry points to institutionalized forums for national statistical offices to engage with policy and decision makers
  • Identification of specific areas for policy and capacity development for countries on gender statistics

Target participants

The 3-day regional consultation will bring experts and practitioners in policy analysis and statistics from Asia and the Pacific region.