Alaa Murabit and Jeffery Sachs speak at Human Rights Council meeting on Human Rights and the 2030 Agenda

Dr. Murabit on local voices being left behind

“Conversations about partnerships seem to be re-inventing the wheel without recognizing that partnerships already exist,” she said. Although local leaders may not use specific “SDG” terminology, they “have been working on the SDGs for the entirety of their lives.”

When we are not recognising the importance of local realities and the people who are doing the work on the ground…it becomes very difficult to translate these high-level conversations to change on the ground.

Dr. Murabit urged international organizations to include the work of existing civil society activists when engaging in development aid, especially in post-conflict areas.

She said “when we are not recognising the importance of local realities and the people who are doing the work on the ground, who do not have the same level of security and comfort that we have when we are having this conversation, it becomes very difficult to translate these high-level conversations to change on the ground.”

Professor Jeffery Sachs on SDGs and human rights 

Professor Sachs reminded the Council that “there is no difference between SDGs and human rights.

There is no difference between SDGs and human rights.

He also informed the Council of his work with the International Monetary Fund; he has calculated that $300 billion is needed to achieve the most basic SDGs in 59 low-income developing countries.

According to Professor Sachs, wealthy governments and individuals can significantly narrow this financing gap if they were to increase their contributions. By Professor Sachs’ calculations, low-income developing countries would easily achieve the SDGs by 2030 if wealthy countries and individuals closed this gap.