The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the UN's key framework for achieving progress in all areas of life by 2030. A human rights based approach is essential to achieving those goals, as they are based on a commitment to promoting equality and leaving no one behind. The 17 goals and 169 targets pave a road to eliminating discrimination and advancing economic and social rights for all. Their implementation is monitored using a set of global indicators. The High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) plays a central role in reviewing progress towards the SDGs. Various UN bodies, including the Human Rights Council, seek effective ways to mainstream human rights into this process.
The Human Rights Likeminded Office is in a unique position to support human rights mainstreaming in the 2030 development agenda. HRLO can bridge the gap between diplomats focused on sustainable development and human rights. It can deliver substantive inputs directly to the relevant diplomats, who are focused on sustainable development and not squarely on human rights. HRLO can aggregate inputs from the various UN bodies and human rights organizations in a manner that is concise, accessible and most useful to diplomats in both the HLPF and the General Assembly's Second Committee (focused on sustainable development).