​NHRIs and the Sustainable Development Goals
NHRIs and the Sustainable Development Goals

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development explicitly references human rights throughout its text, and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the related 169 targets directly or indirectly reflect human rights standards. The SDGs are designed to “leave no one behind”, and the Agenda integrates crosscutting human rights principles such as participation, accountability and non-discrimination. In other words, the 2030 Agenda and human rights are inevitably tied together. Given their unique mandate and role, National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) can play a key role in the implementation and follow-up of the Agenda, and are at the core of the SDG ‘web of accountability’.


NHRIs are independent state institutions that operate from an unbiased and strong position between the State, civil society and international institutions. Their monitoring mandates give them a unique position to act as both watchdog and advisor, to uphold the human rights embedded in the SDGs.



Mérida Declaration on NHRIs and SDGs

In October 2015, GANHRI met in Mérida​, Mexico, to discuss the various roles and functions that NHRIs can undertake to make human rights the foundation for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and help translate the SDGs into reality on the ground. The Mérida Declaration outlines some of the activities that NHRIs can undertake.

Find the declaration here


GANHRI study: NHRIs engaging with the SDGs​​ 

The ‘existence of independent NHRIs in compliance with the Paris Principles’ is a global indicator for the achievement of SDG 16 on peace, justice and strong

institutions. In 2019, GANHRI and the Danish Institute for Human Rights published a study "NHRI - Accelerators, Guarantors and Indicators of Sustainable Development" available for download here A4 Guarantors_Adrian.pdf

In 2017, GANHRI has undertaken a study on how NHRIs support the implementation of the SDGs. The findings reaffirm the key role of NHRIs with regards to sustainable development, and contribute to the sharing of experiences, good practices and knowledge management with and among NHRIs, civil society, governments and other stakeholders.

The different NHRI experiences with SDG implementation and follow-up presented in the study bear witness of the wide range of approaches that NHRIs make use of to engage with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and ensure accountability in the process.

The study is now available for download here:

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Enabling the implementation of the 2030 Agenda through SDG16+

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This report, of the Global Alliance, Enabling the implementation of the 2030 Agenda through SDG16+: Anchoring peace, justice and inclusion provides an overview of country level actions and progress on SDG 16+ across different regions and development contexts and highlights key trends and findings on SDG 16+ implementation globally. It shows that NHRIs can play multiple roles in ensuring no one is left behind and are also critical to monitoring the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and SDG 16.


expand Title : Contribution PDH Guatemala - SGDs ESP ‎(1)
expand Title : No one will be left behind, Geneva Academy ‎(1)


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