Leave No One Behind Partnership

In 2015 world leaders came together and made a historic promise. They signed up to 17 Global Goals – the Sustainable Development Goals – that have the potential to end poverty, to reduce inequality and to tackle climate change in 15 years.

At the heart of the goals is a commitment to ensure that ‘no one is left behind’ and that no goal is considered met unless met for all. That’s because, although we have witnessed huge progress in the fight against poverty and injustice, too many people – the most impoverished, those that are excluded, disadvantaged and at risk of violence and discrimination – still face terrible inequalities when it comes to accessing resources and rights. The world must focus on reaching these groups and ensuring they can make their voices heard if we are to achieve a better world for all.

The ´Leave No-one Behind´ commitment was achieved in large part because people from around the world, from all walks of life came together to demand their leaders prioritise the needs of those most marginalised and disadvantaged. To fulfil this promise, everyone must know about the goals and get engaged in making sure they are delivered by 2030. The Leave No One Behind partnership, established in July 2016, seeks to drive global momentum to make sure that happens. Made-up of three international non-profit organisations (CIVICUS, Development Initiatives, and Project Everyone) with the support of the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development we have come together as founding partners to catalyse a global movement to ensure that Leave No One Behind turns from words to reality. The partnership has three principles at its core through which we will seek to prioritise the poorest and most marginalised people. We will:

  • Examine: provide new data on who is at risk of being left behind, why and where; we will put a spotlight on the most marginalized groups and monitor progress on reaching those furthest behind first.
  • Engage: people all around the world, including civil society activists, world leaders and the wider public, through the creation of compelling content and telling the stories of those who are being left behind.
  • Empower: those who are currently at risk of being left behind and who may be marginalised to be able to speak for themselves. We will work with partners in at least 30 countries to build local voices for action and accountability.

This is just the beginning. We will work with existing networks, coalitions and people across the world to help build a long-term movement for change to ensure that by 2030 all the global goals are met for everyone. More information on resources and activities available at www.LeaveNoOneBehind.global