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Sustainable Development Goals

OHCHR’s work on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

OHCHR has made a strong contribution to the integration of human rights throughout the process to define the 2030 Agenda and its SDGs and seeks to ensure that strategies and policies to implement the 2030 Agenda are human rights-based and leave no one behind.
As part of our mission, we work with States, other parts of the UN development system, national human rights institutions (NHRIs), civil society and other stakeholders in the following areas:

Intergovernmental engagement

Strengthening the linkage between human rights and sustainable development in the High-Level Political Forum and the Human Rights Council. 


Global Policy

Designing policies with the rest of the UN system that place human rights and leaving no one behind front and center of UN support to SDG implementation.


National implementation 

Providing human rights analysis and content through OHCHR field presences to national sustainable development strategies and plans including via UN Common Country Analyses and Sustainable Development Cooperation Frameworks.


Data and Indicators

Advocating that the “data revolution” for sustainable development fully embraces not only human rights-sensitive indicators, but also a human rights-based approach to the collection, production, analysis and dissemination of data. OHCHR serves as the "custodian agency" for SDG indicators 16.1.2, 16.10.1, 16.a.1, and 10.3.1./16.b.1. 



Assisting Member States and other stakeholders to ensure the 2030 Agenda follow-up and review processes at the national, regional, and global level are gender-sensitive and apply a human rights-based lens, leveraging the synergies between the human rights and the sustainable development processes and structures.


Financing for Development 

The Addis Ababa Agenda for Action, adopted at the Third International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa in July 2015, provides the basis for a revitalized global partnership for sustainable development. The latter document outlines the resources - financial and other - and the partnerships, needed to achieve the SDGs.