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Sunday 15th of September 2019

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Children’s rights experts hold a webinar discussion on the current state of the Sustainable Development Goals

Monday 5th of September 2016
IJJO Day by Day

On the 23rd of August the Child Rights Connect network hosted a webinar on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the context of their implementation phase at national level. The IJJO participated in this seminar as part of this network, reaffirming its commitment to the promotion of the goals related to children’s rights, in particular goal 16.2 (ending abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence and torture against children).

The exchange touched upon various topics regarding the SDGs, including: challenges to implementation, the shift of responsibility towards national agents, the potential opportunities arising from partnerships, private sector involvement, monitoring of progress, relevant indicators, and the links between existing human rights bodies and the SDGs.

The challenges in the implementation phase of the SDGs were described as two-fold. On one hand, as responsibility is shifted towards national governments, they must now take decisive actions in order to facilitate effective implementation. On the other, a constant dialogue on the connection between the international Human Rights agenda and the SDGs is necessary to incorporate these goals into a common agenda with shared objectives.

Regarding the monitoring of implementation, there will be peer reviews between States at the U.N. level on the basis of validated indicators, as well as thematic follow-up meetings, making input from NGOs and civil society vital for adequate accountability and monitoring.

For all SDGs, it was emphasised that measures need to be taken at State level in order to ensure this goal becomes a reality: making SDGs a high-level priority; providing a good platform for policy-makers and civil society to work on the creation of a unified multi-stakeholder platform within each State; improving data collection; increasing the volume and quality of investments; and working towards evidence-based solutions in line with children’s rights.

The IJJO is fully engaged in taking actions in line with the SDGs, which are closely linked to the Observatory’s mandate.

Watch the webinar here

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