The commitment to ‘leave no one behind’ has been a key feature of all the discussions on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and is now hardwired into the agreement. The idea that ‘no goal should be met unless it is met for everyone’ is well established in the rhetoric around the new goals. There is now also a political consensus emerging that leaving no one behind is one of the key elements of the Deliver2030 agenda.
In theory of course, this means ensuring that every individual achieves the full package of rights and opportunities the SDGs promise.
However, what this means in practice is still not clear.
This project, focusing on the first 1000 days of the SDGs – that is to September 2018 - will identify those at risk of being left behind by global development and explore pathways to prioritise their progress.
Africa’s opportunity: reaping the early harvest of the demographic transition and ensuring no one is left behind
Leaving no one behind: a critical path for the first 1,000 days of the Sustainable Development Goals
Leaving no one behind is now firmly at the top of the development agenda. But it will take a pragmatic approach to turn noble aims into reality.