2030 Agenda and SDGs

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In September 2015, the governments of the United Nations unanimously adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This agenda, which – inter alia – includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals, outlines a path towards greater sustainability - globally as well as nationally. It is universal in its applicability, addressing both the Global North and South, multidimensional in its approach of sustainability – containing provisions for social, economic, environmental, and political sustainability –, and includes means of implementation and an oversight mechanism.

In this section, we post information, analyses, documents, and background material related to the 2030-Agenda and its implementation, highlighting especially the role, the rich and powerful (countries) have to play in this regard. This is complemented by our collaboration with Social Watch in the Global Policy Watch project as well as the work of the Reflection Group on the 2030-Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the annual report Spotlight on Sustainable Development.

For a specific view on the 2030-Agenda and its implementation through and in Germany, please visit 2030agenda.de.


As in 2016, the Reflection Group on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development will launch its "Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2017" during this years High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in July in New York. As an advance exceprt, the Group publishes the chapter on SDG 14 by Maureen Penjueli (Pacific Network on Globalization) on occasion of the Ocean Conference (June 5-9, 2017 at UNHQ, New York).
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As the United Nations assesses the implementation of its 2030 Agenda for Development, including its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the estimated funding needs keep skyrocketing—from the initial millions and billions to trillions of dollars annually. The President of the General Assembly, Ambassador Peter Thomson of Fiji, said on April 18 that SDG financing, including the eradication of extreme poverty by 2030, is going to cost about $6 trillion annually —and then to a hefty $30 trillion through 2030. At [...]
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The second FfD Forum will be convened by the President of ECOSOC from 22 to 25 May 2017 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Building on the inaugural FfD Forum, which devoted particular attention to setting up the monitoring framework for the follow-up to the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (Addis Agenda), the 2017 Forum is expected to provide impetus for the implementation of FfD outcomes and the delivery of means of implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable [...]


Our Oceans, Our Future: Partnering for the Implementation of SDG 14

The high-level United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development will be convened at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 5 to 9 June 2017, coinciding with World Oceans Day, to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14. The Governments of Fiji and Sweden have the co-hosting responsibilities of the Conference.

Human Development Report 2016 published

The report finds that although average human development improved significantly across all regions from 1990 to 2015, one in three people worldwide continue to live in low levels of human development, as measured by the Human Development Index.

This is a concern in developed countries too, where poverty and exclusion are also a challenge, with over 300 million people – including more than one-third of all children – living in relative poverty.

The report shows that in almost every country, [...]


The world already looks very different to the place it was when UN member states adopted the SDGs in September 2015. How can we ensure that the international community remains committed to the pledges it made?

By Gabriele Köhler Honorary Associate, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, Philip Mader Research Fellow, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, Richard Jolly Honorary Professor and Research Associate, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, Robin Luckham [...]

International leaders and civil society activists will soon convene again at the UN Headquarters in New York for the 61st Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61), which will take place from March 13 to 24, 2017. This year, the Commission will address the issue of women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work, a subject of uttermost importance to tackle persistent gender inequalities. Today, most of the world’s poor are working, and the majority of those are women. This [...]

Advancing Equality through International Institutions

By Barbara Adams and Karen Judd

Almost 22 years have passed since the Fourth World Conference on Women was held in Beijing, marking a turning point for women’s rights activists around the world. For many, the approved Declaration and Platform for Action represented a moment of vindication for the rights, living experiences, and human dignity of women everywhere. But the promises made in Beijing regarding the indivisibility of human rights, gender equality, and the empowerment of women and girls were [...]

Combatting inequalities within and among countries is key to women’s empowerment

By Barbara Adams and Karen Judd

The economic empowerment of women is the priority theme for the 2017 UN Commission on the Status of Women with special attention to the empowerment of indigenous women.

The struggle to empower women and to combat gender inequality goes hand in hand with the struggle for women’s human rights. The increasing application of human rights instruments from local to global continues to be the hallmark of organizing that crosses sectors, policy tracks and borders. [...]

Glenn Halog (CC BY-NC 2.0)

We live in a time when hard fought gains in fundamental human rights – gains that until recently seemed irreversible – are facing new and powerful threats. In the face of resurgent xenophobic nationalism and anti-egalitarianism in various parts of the world, this year’s International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8 holds a significance greater than any in recent memory.

Having helped spearhead efforts to bring human rights to bear in tax policy, CESR is bringing a fiscal focus to [...]

Sustainable Development Goal 10 on reducing inequality will require profound changes to “business-as-usual” and close attention to human rights. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on economic inequality and human rights by Kate Donald, Director of CESR's Human Rights in Development program.

Growing economic inequality is a crucial factor in the rise of nationalist and populist politics in the US and elsewhere—with alarming implications for inclusive democracy and the broader human rights project. However, despite growing concern, expressed even [...]

UN expert body takes new steps to prevent corporate tax abuses, but more is needed to ensure companies pay their fair share and stop depleting the resources needed to realize human rights.

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Last week in Geneva the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights – a UN human rights body – held a discussion of its draft General Comment on State obligations in the context of business activities. This General [...]