Today, about 800 million people still live in extreme poverty and hunger. Despite significant progress, far too many around the globe still lack opportunities, as well as access to basic services and decent living standards.
The pledge to “leave no-one behind" is at the heart of the 2030 Agenda. It means the SDGs and targets should be met for everyone, with a particular focus on the poorest, most vulnerable and furthest behind – those who are often the hardest to reach.
To fulfil the promise of the 2030 Agenda, we must ensure that no person – wherever they live and regardless of ethnicity, gender, age, disability, religion or belief, race, sexual orientation or other status – is denied universal human rights and basic economic opportunities.
The SDGs can stimulate action to deliver key standards in areas such as education, nutrition and food security, social protection, health and wellbeing, water and sanitation, access to sustainable energy, decent work and adequate living conditions.
The EU is committed to implementing a rights-based approach to development cooperation, encompassing all human rights and based on the principles of inclusion, non-discrimination, equality and equity. The EU will support in particular the poor and vulnerable groups in claiming their rights, and in doing so will strengthen social inclusion and empower people suffering from marginalisation.
In order to ensure that truly no-one is left behind, we will also need to monitor progress through disaggregated data, and improve data availability on those furthest behind.