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The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice.

The increasing debt burden faced by the most indebted developing countries presents one of the greatest obstacles to sustainable development and eradicating poverty. For many developing countries, debt servicing has limited their ability to create the conditions for realizing economic, social and cultural rights.

Good governance is the process by which public institutions conduct public affairs, manage public resources and guarantee the realization of human rights in a manner free of abuse and corruption, and with due regard for the rule of law. Corruption undermines institutions and processes, the rule of law and ultimately the State itself.

Our work

UN Human Rights has made a strong contribution to the process of defining the SDGs and seeks to ensure that strategies and policies to implement the 2030 Agenda are human rights-based.

In line with this, we advise on achieving the SDGs, with activities ranging from best practice gathering and assessment of legal frameworks to capacity-building and institutional reform. We review economic policies such as fiscal consolidation, privatization, deregulation of financial and labour markets and lowering environmental protection standards, to assess their consequences on the enjoyment of human rights and inclusion of individuals and communities traditionally left behind.

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Who else is involved

Independent Expert on foreign debt

Despite repeated rescheduling of debt, developing countries continue to pay out more each year than the amount they receive in official development assistance. The Independent Expert sets out to examine the problem of the debt burden of developing countries, the social impact of the measures arising from foreign debt, and the impact of illicit financial flows on the enjoyment of human rights.

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