Woman at a radio station (Photo by Jeroen van Loon)

Rutgers at First UN Review of the Sustainable Development Goals

From 11 to 20 July, governments from around the world will gather at the United Nations in New York for the High-level Political Forum (HLPF). At this site, they will discuss yearly progress on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The HLPF 2016 is particularly special as it is the first one to take place since the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Rineke van Dam, Advocacy Officer at Rutgers, will be participating as member of the official delegation of the government of the Netherlands.

No one left behind

In the coming days the world’s governments, UN agencies and NGOs will plan the next steps in implementing the SDGs. Their focus will be on making sure that no one person is left out in the realisation of the SDGs, in line with the title of this year’s HLPF: Ensuring that No One is Left Behind.

In order to achieve this ambition, Rutgers finds it especially important to draw attention to the importance of human rights, gender equality, and the role of civil society.

"Gender, age, religion, colour, sexual orientation, or any other characteristics are almost every day rise to violence and discrimination. It is high time to adapt legislation and clear government policies so that really no one is left out. Only then really everyone can benefit from the Sustainable Development Goals", says Rineke van Dam.

Young people

Rutgers is committed to enabling meaningful youth participation in achieving the SDGs. Today, as many as 42% of the world's population is under 25—a significant percentage of people whose right to speak must be harnessed.

On 18 July, Rutgers will organise a roundtable discussion at New York, focusing on the youth and sustainable development. Under the umbrella of the Right Here Right Now strategic partnership, and in collaboration with the Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the UN, the roundtable discussion will be attended by Ms. Lilianne Ploumen, the Dutch Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation.