High Level Political Forum
New York
5 July 2022

Session on “Mobilizing and sharing science, technology and innovation for an SDG driven recovery”

Intervention by Daksha Vaja, Community Science Center, Vadodara, India, speaking on behalf of the Women’s Major Group

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“Lack of scientific education, and access to technologies, exacerbate harmful gender stereotypes and taboos, which is further heightened for persons whose gender expression, roles, and norms are non-conformative. Gender inequality, extreme poverty, humanitarian crises and harmful traditions, with the recent addition of the COVID-19 pandemic, all turn menstruation into a time of discrimination, which can undermine the enjoyment of fundamental human rights to sexual and reproductive health .”

Intervention by (name missing) on behalf of Indigenous Peoples Major for Sustainable Development (IPMG) and the Asia Pacific Regional CSO Engagement Mechanism (APRCEM).

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“Indigenous peoples’ ways of life and knowledge rooted in interconnectedness, reciprocity, and respect for nature can greatly complement modern technology. While there’s increasing recognition on indigenous knowledge in global processes, how it is recognized and respected at the country level is still very far off.”

Intervention by Wezzie Chimwala, Voluntary Services Overseas, on behalf of the Volunteers Stakeholder Group

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“Volunteers strengthen community’s ability to not only recover from a crisis or stress but prepare for or prevent one in the future towards sustainable development. Our global Standard for Responsible & Impactful volunteering is showing promise to help improve the quality of volunteer contributions to SDG implementation through national plans and positioning of primary actors to hold duty bearers to account for SDGs delivery through an empowering process called measuring impact for learning and empowerment (MILE).”

Photo credit: IISD ENB – Kiara Worth