Explained: Our work on the Sustainable Development Goals

25 September 2019
Montage of persons holding A4 paper with different Sustainable Development Goals

Today marks the fourth anniversary of the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The SDGs were adopted by world leaders on the 25th September 2015. The Objective? End poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity.

Today is also the first United Nations (UN) Summit on SDGs. On 24 and 25 September 2019, Heads of State and Government gather at the UN headquarters in New York to review progress in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and SDGs.

Our work on the Sustainable Development Goals

We want to ensure the SDGs also become a reality for persons with disabilities. That is why we advocate for disability-inclusive SDGs.

In particular, we:

  • Aim to harmonise SDGs policy on disability-inclusive development at European level. We want to make sure that all work the EU does to achieve the SDGs (both in its Member States and in third countries) includes persons with disabilities from the beginning.
  • Support European organisations of persons with disabilities to implement and monitor the SDGs at national level,
  • Advocate for strong data disaggregation by disability using the Washington Group Short Set of Questions on Disability,
  • Engage in information sharing with other regional platforms of persons with disabilities outside the EU.

What have we done so far in 2019?

For more information, please see the 2030 Agenda and SDGs section on the EDF website, including EDF 2nd Human Rights report on the theme "The 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals: A European perspective to respect, protect and fulfil the United Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities” and EDF’s Resolution on the SDGs.

EDF video on the SDGs: A future that leaves no one behind

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