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A promise in peril

The Sustainable Development Goals are completely off track - we need a rescue plan

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Dear world leaders,

In September 2015, UN member states joined together to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); setting ambitious and wide-ranging targets to end poverty and reduce inequality by 2030. Importantly, they committed to a key promise to leave no one behind – a promise that included people with disabilities.

However, as we now reach the halfway point to the 2030 deadline, progress has derailed, and the SDGs are completely off-track.

And the impacts of COVID-19, global conflict and the escalating climate crisis are only making things worse.

The promise to leave no one behind is in peril.

So today we’re calling on you to ensure that the political declaration of the SDG Summit taking place this September at the UN, and the national commitments you make at the Summit focus on reaching those who are being left furthest behind.

This is our last chance to get the Goals back on track.

We need transformative and accelerated action that is inclusive of people with disabilities and in line with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

You must act now to rescue the SDGs.



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