Working Together: Human Rights and the Sustainable Development Goals

A project examining the interplay between human rights and the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.
Project status

In 2015, the world committed itself to the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Agenda, an ambitious 15-year programme to eradicate poverty in all its forms and dimensions. In a crucial step forward, the SDGs also make an explicit commitment to protect human rights. The relationship between binding human rights norms and the SDG agenda, however, remains contentious. This project seeks to explore how human rights and the SDGs can work better together to further substantive gender equality.

Project outputs include a series of blogs and podcasts:




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Project outcomes

Working Together: Human Rights, the Sustainable Development Goals and Gender Equality

The British Academy

A report highlighting the central differences between a human rights approach to gender equality and that of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, and positing that there are nevertheless crucial spaces for synergies between the two systems.

Working Paper: Human Rights, the Sustainable Development Goals and Gender Equality

Dr Meghan Campbell

A background paper setting out the complex multi-layered accountability structure at the UN.

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