SDG Progress: Fragility, Crisis, and Leaving No One Behind
We are now 1,000 days into the SDGs. Unless significant progress is made in reaching the poorest and most marginalised people, including those who live in fragile settings and are affected by conflict or disaster, the SDGs and their underlying commitment to ‘leave no one behind’ will not be met. 2019 is a pivotal year for the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development and the leave no one behind commitment. In addition to the annual HLPF that takes place in July, there will also be, for the first time, an HLPF summit in September attended by heads of state. This summit was conceived as a critical juncture to reflect on the first four years of Agenda 2030 implementation and to allow for adjustments to priorities and course corrections. It represents a key window of opportunity to inject urgency and catalyse updated or new commitments from all stakeholders – all of which will be necessary if leave no one behind and Agenda 2030 are to be achieved.