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The Whistler Declaration on Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women and Girls in Humanitarian Action

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The global ambition to eradicate extreme poverty as outlined in Agenda 2030 will not succeed with business-as-usual approaches. We need path-breaking improvements to service delivery, products and policies beyond those currently available, and to new partnerships and funding modalities, including public-private cooperation. In this regard tackling the barriers to gender equality and empowering women and adolescent girls can have a transformative impact when incorporated into new partnerships and solutions.

A G7 commitment to innovation is pivotal to reach sustained, scalable and practical solutions to the world’s complex development problems. Innovations are concrete solutions – new technologies, business models (such as social businesses and bottom –of-pyramid programs), policy practices, approaches, partnerships and insights – that effectively address intractable development challenges and barriers to empowerment so as to improve the lives of the poorest and most vulnerable. Such a commitment includes a specific recognition that unlocking the potential of women and adolescent girls as innovators can transform the development of their communities.

In Whistler, G7 Development Ministers pledged to encourage path-breaking ideas and actions for inclusive and sustainable development that leaves no one behind. This includes innovations that can reinforce social and economic resilience for those in fragile states or at risk of extreme weather events and other natural hazards. With a view to accelerating inclusive, locally-driven innovation for development impact, G7 countries will work together to drive change in their own organizations and with partners to support pioneering solutions that challenge traditional models, approaches and partnerships, and encourage new models and solutions that can deliver results. Doing so will accelerate the pace of change to improve the lives and livelihoods of the poorest and most vulnerable, including by reducing inequalities and empowering women and adolescent girls. Building on aid effectiveness principles and good practices and lessons, G7 Development Ministers will also encourage close collaboration across sectors for delivering development impact at scale.

The G7 Ministers responsible for humanitarian action and development assistance endorse the following principles to guide and accelerate innovation for development impact:

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