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Sustainable Development Goals – What’s in It for Human Rights?

With an aim to end poverty, protect our planet, improve human rights and ensure prosperity for everyone, 17 universal development goals were agreed upon by almost all countries back in 2015. These Sustainable Development Goals and human rights, under the supervision of the United Nations, are part of a new sustainable development agenda.

The importance of sustainable development goals and human rights

Every participating country should reach the determined development targets within the next 15 years. The Sustainable Development Goals strive to be all-inclusive, envisioning “a world of universal respect for equality and non-discrimination.” Thus, drastically improving the human rights situations of millions of people all over the globe. This includes gender equality and access to public institutions for everyone. It is a human right not to be left behind. Because when citizens cannot communicate with public institutions, they cannot hold them accountable for the fulfillment of their human rights and that is a violation of the rights that the public institutions should protect.

Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
While the world has made progress towards gender equality and women’s empowerment under the Millennium Development Goals, many women and girls all over the world still continue to suffer discrimination and violence. From FGM to denying young girls the chance to go to school through early marriages and discrimination based on their gender. It must be emphasized that gender equality not only is a fundamental human right but crucial if we want to achieve a world which is peaceful, prosperous and sustainable.By providing women and girls with equal access to education, health care, decent work and representation in political and economic decision-making processes, we empower billions of talented people who will fuel sustainable economies and benefit societies on a greater scale.

Goal 16: Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies
This goal is dedicated to the promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, the provision of access to justice for all as well as building effective, accountable institutions at all levels. It consists of 16 targets including substantially reduce corruption and bribery in all their forms, end abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children. Also, the goal aims at promoting and enforcing non-discriminatory laws and policies for sustainable development. The fact that corruption, bribery, theft and tax evasion costs the US $1.26 trillion for developing countries per year. This is an enormous amount of money which could be used to lift those who are living on less than $1.25 a day to live above $1.25 a day for at least six years.

Everything You Need to Know about Human Rights

Humanitarians continuously work towards the protection and promotion of human rights. Even if their main mission is different, human rights always figure in the humanitarian approach. For example, humanitarians save lives because they believe in the individual’s right to life. Here you can take a closer look at the different aspects of human rights, their characteristics, history, and more.

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