During the 63rd Commission of the Status of Women (CSW63) I have been keeping a keen eye open for any themes in relation to interlinking of disability and gender inequality. As the priority theme this year focused on ‘Social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls’ I assumed that disability would be significantly addressed. However, this has not been the case. Upon looking at CSW63’s side events disability only appeared in the title of one event facilitated by a Canadian organisation.
Our first day of COP, as part of the Global Voices Scholarship Program, comes after a contentious week of negotiations. Perhaps most notable in last week’s negotiations was the IPCC 1.5 degrees report with the US, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait blocking other countries from ‘welcoming’ the report, only accepting to ‘note’ the findings. The EU, and many African, American and Pacific island nations all pushed for the report to be ‘welcomed’, while Australia notably stayed silent on the issue. This will likely delay negotiations in the middle of next year.
Day 4 of the 2018 IMF and World Bank Group Annual Meetings maintained the rapid tempo set by the prior days. The Meetings continued exploring a range of themes from previous days, including: income and gender inequality, enabling innovation in the developing world, and environmental pollution. Discussions on these topics merged into a common thread that ran through the day: the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).