2030 Agenda & Sustainable Development Goals

In September 2015 a new sustainable development agenda was adopted by world leaders to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity.

What are the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development enshrines 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets to be achieved over the next 15 years.

There are 17 SDGs, non-binding in nature but they symbolize an unprecedented opportunity to set the world on a sustainable course and ensure a life of dignity for all. The SDGs are universal and they provide a clear policy framework for regulatory actions at national, regional and international level.

Read more about the Agenda and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals here.

Why are the Sustainable Development Goals important? 

Inclusion is at the core of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. They pledge to “leave no one behind” but also “to reach the furthest behind first”. Disability issues and persons with disabilities are included with 11 specific references throughout the 2030 Agenda. They are a powerful platform to support the monitoring and implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Read more about SDG's importance here.

How do the SDGs support the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities? 

The CRPD is legally binding while the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs are a political vision for a better world to be achieved by 2030. Therefore, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development provides a political momentum to push for the realization of the CRPD. In fact, there is a considerable overlap between the articles of the CRPD and the SDGs as the 2030 Agenda was built upon existing international and national commitments such as the CRPD.

Discover more about this overlap and the links between the CRPD and SDGs here.

The SDGs in the EU: what now?

The EU played an influential role in the negotiations of the 2030 Agenda and has committed to implementing the SDGs both in its internal and external policies. Yet the EU must still develop an overarching vision to put in place and monitor the SDGs in its strategies and policies

So far, the EU presented several fragmented initiatives, and it still needs to provide more  guidance to engage in the active implementation of the SDGs. 

Check some examples of initiatives here.

What is EDF's work and perspectives for engaging in disability inclusive SDGs?

The European Disability Forum (EDF) wants to make sure the SDGs also become a reality for the 80 million Europeans with disabilities.

In particular, EDF works in four main areas:

  • Harmonised SDGs policy on disability-inclusive development at the European level,
  • Support to European organisations of persons with disabilities to implement and monitor the SDGs at the national level,
  • Data disaggregation by disability using the Washington Group Set of Questions on Disability,
  • Information sharing and support to other regional platforms of persons with disabilities outside the EU.

Read more about our specific actions, papers and reports here.

The High Level Political Forum

To follow-up and review the SDGs’ implementation, the 2030 Agenda encourages member states to ‘conduct regular and inclusive reviews of progress at the national and sub-national levels, which are country-led and country-driven’. The High-Level Political Forum is the global structure set up to assess progress, achievements and challenges faced by all countries as they implement the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs.

The Forum is organized every July at the United Nations in New York.

We participated in the Forum for the first time in 2017.

Read more about the Forum and our experience here.

The Voluntary National Reviews 

The annual Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) are intended to track progress in implementing the 2030 Agenda, including the SDGs and targets, in all countries, in a manner that respects their universal and integrated nature and all dimensions of sustainable development. Countries present them during the three-day ministerial segment of the High Level Political Forum.

EDF ensures that the voice of persons with disabilities are not forgotten in the process of the Reviews of European countries. 

Learn more and explore the Voluntary National Reviews here.

The Regional Forums on Sustainable Development (RFSD) 

The implementation and the monitoring of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs are supported in each world region by the five United Nations Regional Commissions, with the organisation of yearly Regional Forums on Sustainable Development (RFSD). EDF usually participates in the Forums.

Read more about them and our participation here.