More needs to be done over the next 15 years to establish mandated and obligatory follow-up and review processes at the national, regional and global levels. Only by doing so will transparency and accountability be ensured to prioritise the needs of people that the SDGs set out to benefit. The importance of proper monitoring and enforceable accountability mechanisms cannot be underestimated.
The renewed focus of the Global Goals sets an agenda that we can achieve together. The MDGs demonstrated the potential progress that can be made when all stakeholders unite around a global development agenda. It is the hope of Soroptimist International that the SDGs will promote the education, empowerment and enabling of women and girls – a necessity for the realisation of sustainable development. The SDGs provide a framework that is led by the needs of ‘people and planet’, therefore the voices of civil society and disadvantaged groups must continue to be listened to. By better including NGOs and civil society in the development and implementation of the SDGs, it is possible to avoid many of the structural deficiencies that limited the success of the MDGs.