According to the UN, the goals of the 2030 Agenda “seek to realize the human rights of all and to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls.” The aim is to create a “world of universal respect for human rights and human dignity, the rule of law, justice, equality and non-discrimination.”
Each of the 17 goals for sustainable development (SDGs) can be underpinned with obligations of the states, including Switzerland, deriving from the central international human rights agreements. This gives the 2030 Agenda a legally binding framework. The 2030 Agenda for its part becomes an instrument for implementing human rights. With the “Human Rights Guide to the SDGs”, the Danish Institute for Human Rights has developed a useful web tool that shows how human rights are embedded in the SDGs and highlights the concrete links between the 169 targets and the broader spectrum of instruments for implementing human rights.
Especially the call for concrete measures to implement goal 16 for promoting inclusive and peaceful societies requires cooperation between peace, development, and human rights organizations. Together, discriminatory policies in Switzerland and any effects of Swiss policies and companies abroad that contravene human rights can be discussed. The aim would be for example to call, with one voice, for the establishment of a national human rights institution to help achieve goal 16 based on UN requirements and in accordance with a UN indicator.
The information platform humanrights.ch has the objective of continuously revising the human rights dimensions of the 2030 Agenda, familiarizing the organizations of the platform with the 2030 Agenda, and raising awareness within networks of the political potential to link the 2030 Agenda with the processes and campaigns associated with human rights work.