Leave No One Behind National Dialogues

Concept Notes

The United Nations General Assembly adopted in 2015 a set of seventeen Sustainable Development Goals with specific targets which are to be achieved by 2030. The 193 Member States of the United Nations, following negotiations that lasted from July 2012 till August 2015, have agreed upon the text of a new document entitled, “Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. This agenda contains 17 goals and 169 targets. SDGs were officially adopted on 25th September, Friday 2015 at the start of the UN Sustainable Development Summit in New York. The goals are to be achieved by all member countries within the next fifteen years, thereby giving it the moniker of ‘Agenda for 2030’. The SDGs has come into force from January 1st, 2016.

As we know the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Agenda 2030 have much potential to eradicate poverty, hunger, inequality, discrimination and to address social exclusion. The Pledge to Leave No One Behind is the heart of the SDGs since the success of ambitious goals and targets of SDGs depend on the active participation of marginalised communities at all the levels of its implementation. In a just world, progress on sustainable development should include everyone.

In its broadest sense, the pledge to ensure no one is left behind means that all goals, targets and indicators will not be achieved unless they have been achieved for every person around the globe. Leave no one behind is a call to guarantee that the poorest and most marginalized have the opportunity to fulfill their potential by raising their potential voices. No person, regardless of income, gender, age, geography, ethnicity, religion, race, caste or other social or economic identity, should be denied basic rights and services.

WNTA emphasis on Inclusion of the most excluded and marginalized communities in the SDGs through the pledge of ‘ Leave No one Behind’ as the heart of the Sustainable Development Goals: Agenda 2030 and the key commitment of the Sustainable Development Goals to be inclusive and transformative in a way that respects indivisibility, universality and equity. As set out in the Leave No-one Behind promise in September 2015 by the United Nations. Considering this as an opportunity and indeed a responsibility, WNTA is organizing community level consultations which aims to identify and highlight the concerns and priorities of socially excluded community such as Dalit, Tribal, Religious and Ethnic Minorities, Migrants, Slum Dwellers, Commercial Sex Workers, Fishermans / fishing community, Youth, LGBTs, Women and Girls. Purpose of this consultation is to collect the aspirations and concerns, identify the priorities, Gaps, existing approaches for implementing SDGs, best practice, and proposed interventions to achieve Agenda 2030. WNTA envisages at putting the last first to eradicate extreme poverty; to address the root causes of poverty, inequality and exclusion, including holding decision-makers to account; and to ensure fair opportunity for all.

As we know, there are number of national mechanism/ provisions are already existing in our national policy framework but there are many issues and concern of different marginalised communities, which are still unaddressed and thus, this Consultation intended to highlight the concerns, issues and challenges to end poverty and Social Exclusion. The main objective of the process is to enable those who are left behind and the most marginalised / vulnerable to speak for themselves in demanding the delivery of Agenda 2030 commitments.

Objective of the Consultation

  • To identify the priorities of the group and its relation / reflection in the SDGs.
  • To identify the issue and concerns of the socially excluded groups/communities in context of SDGs
  • To identify the gaps and challenges (social, economic and political) for the community to achieve the SDGs.
  • To Assess/analyse the existing approaches and to identify the best practices.
  • To set indicators to measure the extent to which the targets within the goals are being reached.
  • To draw recommendations and to draft proposed interventions.
  • To plan strategies to track the extent the Goals are being achieved.
  • To plan strategies to come out with shadow report when India will be reviewed in 2017 in the frame work of the SDGs

The consultation aim is to strengthen the voices of marginalised and excluded people whatever their background, so that they can use the Sustainable Development Goals and the LNB agenda to challenge social barriers and hold decision-makers to account. We see this as an opportunity – and indeed a responsibility – to recruit and empower key citizens and civil society partners to put pressure on power-holders / duty bearers to make sure that no one is left behind.