Integrating the Elimination of Inequalities due to Racism into the Framework of the UN Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda

The UN Secretary-General’s Synthesis Report (2014) stresses the importance of addressing inequalities by “agreeing that no goal or target should be considered met unless it is met for all social and economic groups.”

We are deeply concerned that the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Targets are disturbingly silent about eradicating the causes and effects of racism and racial/ethnic discrimination.

Therefore, we offer this statement in the hope that, going forward, the remaining intergovernmental negotiations will provide opportunities for member states of the United Nations to broaden the framework
of the SDGs further by including language regarding the elimination of racism and racial discrimination in the following components of the Outcome Document: (1) The Declaration; (2) General Principles to
guide the development of indicators; and (3) the Review Framework.

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