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HRC43: Denmark and 12 other countries highlight the strong links between human rights and sustainable development

UN Human Rights Council 43rd Session
General debate on item 3: Report on intersessional meetings on 2030 Agenda
INTERVENTION BY FIJI ON BEHALF OF THE CORE GROUP FOR THE RESOLUTION ON HUMAN RIGHTS AND IMPLEMENTATION OF THE 2030 AGENDA
(Azerbaijan, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Denmark, Ecuador, Fiji, Luxembourg, Por-tugal, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Thailand and Uruguay)

Madam President,
I am pleased to make this statement on behalf of Azerbaijan, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Denmark, Ecuador, Luxembourg, Portugal, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Thailand, Uruguay and my own country Fiji, all members of the core group for the resolution on human rights and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The 2030 Agenda is explicitly grounded in human rights, and affirms that the 17 Sus-tainable Development Goals seek to realize the human rights of all. The majority of SDG targets are linked to elements of international human rights and labour stand-ards, and the pledge to leave no one behind reflects the fundamental human rights principles of non-discrimination and equality. Operationally, it is crucial that the hu-man rights aspects of the SDGs are upheld and measured.
This was also one of the key messages from the intersessional meeting in December 2019 on human rights and the 2030 Agenda. Particularly, the meeting highlighted the importance of disaggregated data in determining who is at risk of being left behind. Such data is key to decision-making and measurement of progress and constitutes the basis of formulating inclusive policies that prioritize those furthest behind.
The 2020 comprehensive review of the global indicator framework provides an im-portant opportunity to pursue data disaggregation and advocate a human rights-based approach to data collection and reporting.
In closing, the strong links between human rights and sustainable development offer enormous potential to make their follow-up better aligned and thus more effective, efficient and accountable. Given the acceleration and great potentials of this mutually reinforcing relationship, the core group presents a resolution at this session to allow the HRC to continue the conversation among States, UN organisations, civil society and private sector to advance the potentials for integrated approaches to implement human rights and SDGs.
I thank you.