The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and human rights, with an emphasis on the right to development

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31st session of the Human Rights Council
Annual high-level panel discussion on human rights mainstreaming
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and human rights, with an emphasis on the right to development
Concept note (as of 23 February 2016)

Date and venue:

Monday, 29 February 2016, 3-6 p.m., Palais des Nations, Room XX, Geneva

(will be broadcast live and archived on


The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development sets out a transformative vision for people and planet-centred, human rights-based, and gender-sensitive sustainable development, strongly grounded in international human rights standards. It strives to leave no one behind and has equality and non-discrimination as its centrepiece. Its holistic approach towards development goes far beyond the narrow focus of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and marks a break with the dominant development paradigm. With its 17 Goals and related 169 targets, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) mirror the international human rights framework encompassing all civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, as well as the right to development. With its universal applicability, the 2030 Agenda will bring new opportunities to integrate all human rights into global and national policies in both developed and developing countries over the next 15 years.

As the year 2016 marks the thirtieth anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration on the Right to Development by the General Assembly, the panel will also explore the new opportunities arising from the 2030 Agenda to advance the mainstreaming of all human rights throughout the United Nations system at the global, regional and country level, with an emphasis on the right to development.

The debate will be guided by the following questions:

  1. What new opportunities will the 2030 Agenda for “people, planet, prosperity, peace and partnership” offer to advance human rights in development?

  2. How can the 2030 Agenda help bring the three pillars of the United Nations peace and security, development and human rights closer together and strengthen the UN’s work on conflict prevention?

  3. How can the 2030 Agenda also advance the realization of the right to development and vice versa, with a view to achieving inclusive, equitable and sustainable development?

  4. How can we ensure that the 2030 Agenda effectively and efficiently contributes to the realization of human rights of women and girls and the most vulnerable groups of society?

  5. How can human rights mechanisms contribute to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the global review of SDG progress?


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