SDGs and Human Rights

SDGs and Human Rights

  • Human rights and fundamental freedoms are essential for everyone on the planet to lead a life of dignity. Human rights are universal and multi-dimensional, encompassing civil, political, social, economic, environmental and cultural rights. Human rights are cross-cutting and must be mainstreamed. The rights of women are centrally important in all domains.

  • It was emphasized that the right to development must be clearly and centrally reflected in the post-2015 framework, with full implementation of the Declaration on the Right to Development, putting people at the centre of development with poverty eradication at its core.

  • Need to ensure that the human rights of the most vulnerable and marginalized are upheld, including indigenous peoples and persons with disabilities, to eliminate all forms of discrimination, including against women and girls, and to promote economic and legal empowerment of the poor and of women.

  • Good governance at all levels based on human rights, rule of law, democracy, access to justice and to information, transparency and accountability, and peace and security is a prerequisite for sustainable development.There is a need to strengthen policy coherence between development policies and human rights and to ensure that business globally respects fundamental human rights.

  • Good governance at all levels based on human rights, rule of law, democracy, access to justice and to information, transparency and accountability, and peace and security is a prerequisite for sustainable development.There is a need to strengthen policy coherence between development policies and human rights and to ensure that business globally respects fundamental human rights.

  • The reform of the international financial and economic architecture should continue to promote inclusiveness and adequate representation of developing countries.

  • The role of UN in global governance remains central, but needs to be strengthened. An effective United Nations system must play a central role in achieving sustainable development, as well as human rights, and in addressing the links between development, security, conflict and country fragility.

  • The UN system must play a key role with regard to ensuring effective monitoring of progress and accountability of all stakeholders, and in this regard the high-level political forum should have a crucial role. It was emphasized that the UN remains the forum for a broad, development-focussed discussion of the international financial and economic system, notably in the context of a reinvigorated ECOSOC.

The above was taken from the United Nations Sustainability web site: http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?menu=1300

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