Creating a community of practice on human rights and the sustainable development goals

July 31, 2023

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a set of policy priorities designed by the international community — with input from millions of people around the world — and adopted at the United Nations in 2015. The Sustainable Development Goals are ambitious: end poverty, protect the planet, and improve the lives and prospects of everyone on Earth. 

We are now halfway into the 15-year plan and, while progress has been made in some areas, without a significant push in the next few years, the SDGs will not be met.

In May, HRI Executive Director Elisa Massimino joined a group of scholars, activists, and others — including representatives of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Los Angeles Mayor’s office — in Bellagio, Italy. The purpose of the strategic convening was two-fold: to design a community of practice dedicated to training the next generation of human rights experts, activists, practitioners, and scholars through education about and research on the SDGs, and to develop a plan to accelerate action on the nexus between human rights and the SDGs.

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