Sweden is scaling up its efforts to leave no one behind

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‘Leave no one behind’ (LNOB) is an overarching principle of the 2030 Agenda. It is both a prerequisite and goal for sustainable development, and should permeate all our efforts to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs).

The operationalisation of this principle has never before been reviewed at the High-level Political Forum (HLPF). This year, Sweden outlines how it is scaling up its efforts to deliver on the LNOB principle, in a report that focuses in particular on future generations and seven main messages to realise the LNOB principle by 2030:

  1. Realising human rights and gender equality
  2. Strengthening empowerment and participation
  3. Advancing the transition towards resource-efficient, resilient and climate-neutral economies
  4. Promoting multidimensional poverty reduction
  5. Promoting social dialogue and decent work
  6. Progressively realising universal social protection
  7. Improving data and monitoring

Marginalised groups particularly hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic

The importance of delivering on this principle has been illustrated by the adverse impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Everyone is affected, but the crisis is disproportionately affecting people in vulnerable situations.

Women, men and people from different minority groups are affected in different ways. Particularly at risk are people who are older, sick or disabled, people living in poverty and marginalisation, and people who have limited access to health care services and water, sanitation and hygiene. Some women and children, as well as LGBTI people, are isolated at home and subjected to domestic violence. Small businesses and groups with precarious or informal employment contracts are experiencing severe economic uncertainty. 

The 2030 Agenda offers a framework for building more inclusive, sustainable and resilient societies equipped to respond to pandemics, climate change and other global challenges. The 17 SDGs must be realised for all, everywhere – including for future generations.

High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

This year, the High-level Political Forum is taking place virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The High-level Political Forum takes place every year at the UN Headquarters and is the main forum for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals.