Equality and non-discrimination are deeply embedded in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
This Sustainable Development policy framework pursues a dual approach to equality, through:
Sustainable development cannot be achieved, therefore, without wider and deeper commitment by governments to promoting equality domestically as well as globally.
Recognition and support is required, at international, European and national levels, for the role of National Equality Bodies in progressing the 2030 Agenda and equality bodies need to be recognised as playing a range of roles in implementing and promoting the Sustainable Development Goals. Equality bodies should be enabled and supported to take up such roles and to do so in a way that respects their independence and reflects their national architecture for equality actors.
The mandate of equality bodies, to combat discrimination and promote equality, places them in a key position to contribute to successful implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs. They do so through their core activities including:
Equality Bodies should be enabled and fully supported, where they consider it appropriate to do so, to bring their experience and expertise to bear on national and international planning for and implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs through: