Leaving No One Behind: are we succeeding?
Friday, 13 July 2018
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Conference Room 4, UNHQ
A central pledge contained in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is to ensure that no one is left behind.
Many people continue to confront barriers that prevent them from fully participating in economic, social and political life. These include women, children, youth, indigenous peoples, older persons, persons with disabilities, migrants, refugees and internally displaced persons. They often experience discrimination and exclusion, and as a result, suffer from worse health and education outcomes, face disadvantages in access to the labour market and experience poverty at disproportionately high rates. In every group, women and girls often experience greater disadvantages: reducing gender disparities is essential to leaving no one behind.
The experiences of certain countries show that it is possible to make significant advances towards
leaving no one behind in relatively short periods of time. However, current trends do not point to a
degree or speed of advance compatible to leaving no one behind within the time frame of the 2030
Agenda, including the trends in poverty (particularly in rural areas and low-income countries in subSaharan
Africa), education and housing.
A generalized shift towards a development that leaves no one behind requires the transformation of
deeply rooted systems – including some economic and political systems and business models – that
are often based on unequal distributions of wealth and decision-making power. And to leave no
country behind, international action must be coherent and support, rather than hinder, countries’
capacity to enact and finance their development strategies.
This session will capture the messages from the earlier sessions of the HLPF sessions with a view to
synthesize the messages that respond to the challenge of fulfilling the promise of leaving no one
behind. By engaging all stakeholders, integrating policies, strengthening global partnerships for
sustainable development, and mobilizing the means of implementation needed to achieve the 2030
Agenda, the SDGs will be realized for all.
Proposed guiding questions:
- Where are we in terms of achieving the overall objectives of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs
for all people?
- In which areas is progress most uneven and where are the greatest number of people being
- Who are the furthest behind and are we managing to build the resilience and improve the lives of
- What have we learned on how best to improve the lives of the furthest behind?
- H.E. Ms. Marie Chatardová, President of Economic and Social Council
- Mr. Andrew Gilmour, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Office of the United
Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
- Mr. Manish Bapna, Executive Vice President and Managing Director, World Resources
Thematic Cluster 1
- Mr. Mahi Amadou Deme, Director, Ministry of Economy and Finance, Senegal
- Mr. Achim Steiner, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme
Thematic Cluster 2
- Ms. Riitta Oksanen, Deputy Director General, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Finland
- Ms. Alicia Bárcena, Executive-Secretary, ECLAC
- Ms. Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, Member, UN Committee on Development Policy, and Professor of
International Affairs, The New School
- Ms. Victoria Tauli Corpuz UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples
- Ms. Sophie Howe, the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales
- Ms. Sylvia Beales, Strategic Adviser, Gray Panthers (Stakeholder Group on Ageing)
Followed by interactive discussion