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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

This fall, the highest representatives of UN Member States will gather at the SDG Summit in New York to review progress in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 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 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals aim to realize the human rights of all and must be implemented in a manner consistent with international law.

With just over ten years until we reach 2030, 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.

The SDG Summit will take stock of the progress made so far and discuss ways of generating more urgent and ambitious responses needed to speed up progress. It will allow leaders from government, business and other sectors to demonstrate their continued strong commitment and identify specific acceleration actions that can help get the SDG response on track as we gear up for a decade of action and delivery, leading up-to the 2030 deadline.

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