Human rights and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development are inextricably linked. The 2030 Agenda is explicitly grounded in international human rights. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) "seek to realize the human rights of all", and more than 90% of the targets directly reflect elements of international human rights and labour standards. The pledge to “leave no one behind” mirrors the fundamental human rights principles of non-discrimination and equality.
The potential to bridge the accountability and implementation gap through aligning SDG and human rights reporting and follow-up offers itself to SDG and human rights reporting and follow-up at national as well as regional and international levels. SDG and human rights reporting is done by a broad range of actors including governments, civil society organisations, NHRIs and others.
This Guidance Note therefore explores different ways in which human rights recommendations – found through the SDG - Human Rights Data Explorer – can be used in different processes and at different levels in order to pursue a human rights-based approach to sustainable development.