The Sustainable Development Agenda
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a transformative plan for development that seeks to serve planet, people, prosperity, and partnerships between different sectors of society by implementing 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Through its advocacy, MPV has been engaging Member States and sustainable development processes since 2015 to emphasize that the implementation of the SDGs should not be threatened by religious or cultural fundamentalisms, and to ensure that States respect, protect, and fulfill the human rights of all peoples’ as core to realizing the 2030 Agenda.
HLPF 2017 - Thematic Review
In July 2017, MPV participated in the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF), a UN-mandated body that meets every year to oversee, follow up, and review member states’ progress in implementing 2030 Agenda. During one segment of the HLPF, MPV delivered a statement to states and civil society emphasizing that rising tides of extremism and fundamentalism pose a serious threat to the integrity of the 2030 Agenda. The statement can be found below.
HLPF 2017 - Voluntary National review
In July 2017, MPV collaborated with nationally based Malaysian civil society organizations to draft questions that were submitted to the government representative of Malaysia during its Voluntary National Review (VNR) presentation. Those questions can be found below; more information on the SDGs, HLPF, and country VNRs can be found here.
In 2015, MPV organized an official side event during the Post-2015 Intergovernmental Negotiation Sessions. The event, entitled "Towards Inclusive Post-2015 Development: Defying Discriminatory Laws and Deconstructing Cultural Norms", fleshed out a comprehensive discourse to contextualize human rights within the Post-2015 Development Agenda, with particular emphasis on striking correlations between discriminatory laws, policies, and social practices on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) and detriment to economic development, especially in culturally and/or religiously conservative states.
In 2014, MPV successfully contributed language to the 65th UN DPI/NGO Conference Outcome Document Declaration, promoting a new vision for the United Nations Post-2015 Development Agenda. MPV-UN Youth Representative Mahfuzul Islam read the statement in the Trusteeship Council Chamber.