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SDG Summit: 24-25 September 2019, UN Headquarters, New York

"The 2030 Agenda is a vital opportunity to realise the promise of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Declaration on the Right to Development. It explicitly recognises that respect for all human rights – civil, political, economic, social and cultural – is central to the work of constructing more equal, resilient and sustainable societies."

Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

The highest representatives of UN Member States gathered at the first SDG Summit in New York in September 2019 to review progress in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

At the meeting, UN Member States unanimously adopted the outcome document, through which they reaffirmed their commitment to the 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals. They expressed concern at the slow pace of progress in many areas and pledged to launch a decade of action and delivery for sustainable development, highlighting ten priority areas including leaving no one behind. Heads of States also pledged to strengthen the effective and participatory character of the High-level Political Forum on sustainable development and encourage the peer-learning character of the voluntary national reviews.

- Summary of the meeting is available here.

The 2030 Agenda is our globally agreed roadmap to a world that safeguards all its people, their prosperity, and the planet we live on. It is explicitly anchored in human rights, reaffirming that the agenda aim to realize the human rights of all and must be implemented in a manner consistent with international law.

With just ten years until we reach 2030 deadline, we need to pick up the pace in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, if we are to achieve its transformative potential and its vision of securing a sustainable development and creating truly equal, inclusive, just and societies.

Human rights-based approaches can help create a surge towards achieving the 2030 Agenda and its central promise to leave no one behind and to reach those furthest behind first. Placing economic, social, cultural, political and civil rights at the heart of development efforts can help make development not only sustainable, but also more equitable and just.

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