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The UN Sustainable Development Goals Project

The CHR works with the UN to help ensure their Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are met in a way that considers and prioritises human rights. This project engages with the assessment, analyses, and reporting, on the institutional awareness and approaches of SDGs. It reviews the government’s approaches, innovations, information sharing on best practice, technologies, public accountability and anti-corruption policies in relation to the achievement of these goals.

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Researchers 

Consultancy background

This project is led by Mr Lamin Daffeh, who utilises his expertise on human rights, and also his experience from owning a farm and running a school in The Gambia. The project provides a focused review on selected themes within the UN’s 17 SDGs and 169 targets. It will review the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and identify aspects from which the CHR can help contribute to the realisation of fairer institutions and a healthier environment. The CHR will seek to positively contribute to the goals and targets that focus upon the “5P’s” (people, planet, prosperity, peace and partners), which enhances humanity and aims to save the planet from the impact of climate change

Consultancy process

According to the UN’s SDG blueprint, progress has been made in areas such as extreme poverty reduction, widespread immunisation, and decrease in child mortality rates and increase in people’s access to electricity. However, it also warns that global response has not been ambitious enough, leaving the most vulnerable people and countries to suffer the most. Especially in the areas such as:

  • Increasing equality among and within countries with a focus on Southern Asia and sub-Saharan Africa
  • Extreme poverty is three times higher in rural areas than urban areas
  • Young people are more likely to be unemployed than adults
  • Only a quarter of people with severe disabilities collect a disability pension
  • Women and girls still face barriers to achieving equality
  • Global hunger has been on the rise after a prolonged decline
  • The year 2018 was the fourth warmest year on record and the Levels of carbon dioxide concentrations continued to increase
  • Ocean acidity is 26% higher than in pre-industrial times and is projected to increase by 100% to 150% by 2100 at the current rate of CO2.

Although the number of people living in extreme poverty declined from 36% in 1990 to 8.6% in 2018, the pace of poverty reduction is starting to decelerate as the world struggles to respond to entrenched deprivation, violent conflicts and vulnerabilities to natural disasters.

The CHR will promote and support the development and the realisation of five SDGs initially, which are: Quality Education (SDG No. 4), Gender Equality (SGD No. 5), Reduce Inequality (SDG No. 10), Climate Action (SDG No. 13), Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions (SDG No. 16). These projects will engage stakeholders from governments, academics, civil society and nongovernmental organisations, and think-tank researchers, to conduct inter-organisational discussions, research and capacity building. The focus will be on the implementation of an effective, accountable, and inclusive institutional framework that will work towards the realisation of these five SDGs. Covering this assessment, the CHR will contribute to the analysing and reporting on the institutional awareness and approaches of SDGs, government approaches, innovations, information sharing on best practice, technologies, public accountability and anti-corruption policies in relation to the achievement of the above sustainable development goals.