The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is explicitly grounded in international human rights. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) seek to realise 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 2030 Agenda and human rights are thereby tied together in a mutually reinforcing way. Human rights offer guidance for the implementation of the SDGs, while the SDGs contribute to the realization of human rights.