Leaving No One Behind as we Deliver the Global Goals


In September 2015, world leaders adopted the Global Goals which frame development for the next fifteen years. The Global Goals focus on equity and universality in order to ensure that the furthest behind are reached and that no one is left behind. This commitment to ensure that people are not directly or indirectly discriminated against and that everyone benefits from development is at the heart of the UK Aid Strategy.

Health Poverty Action Beneficiary Feedback in Ethiopia

To deliver on this vision we have supported the establishment of a global civil society-led Leave No One Behind Partnership, with CIVICUS, Development Initiatives and Project Everyone as founding members. The Partnership has been developing and promoting a shared approach for implementing the Agenda 2030 pledge and our Promise on Leave No One Behind, that:

  • strengthens data analysis,
  • increases awareness, and
  • gives a voice to the poorest, most excluded and discriminated against people in national and international dialogues.

Through this work we will catalyse sustained action, commitment and responsibility from the global system to implement the Global Goals so that we leave no one behind.

National Dialogue in Uganda

As part of this work CIVICUS has conducted 30 national dialogues on leave no one behind with civil society groups that work with and on behalf of the most marginalised and disadvantaged people, especially those at high risk of violence and discrimination. This engagement process aims to help build understanding and momentum, and promote the interests of excluded groups in national planning and reviews, and advocacy opportunities at global United Nations meetings. The Leave No One Behind national dialogues identified women, children, older people and people with disabilities as at most risk of extreme poverty, exclusion and discrimination, but also highlighted ethnic minorities/indigenous people, migrants, sex workers, and people living with HIV/AIDS as key groups at risk.

On Zero Discrimination Day, CIVICUS are co-sponsoring a side event at the Human Rights Council in Geneva (together with Amnesty and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights), highlighting the importance of a human rights based approach to the Global Goals and how the United Nations, civil society, and other stakeholders can jointly address these issues.