MDGs

From Disparity to Dignity: Inequality and the SDGs
Publication: CESR is proud to present a new briefing examining the human rights issues at stake in SDG10.
SDG targets risk missing the mark on inequality
by Kate Donald
March 8th, 2016
Blog: As the UN Statistical Commission debates final proposals for the SDG indicators, there is serious concern over the absence of a robust measure of inequality.
Indicators of success: how best to measure Agenda 2030
Blog: Four months have now passed since Agenda 2030 was agreed, but the crucial matter of designating indicators to measure progress remains in the balance.
Promising the World: Accountability and the SDGs
by Kate Donald
January 25th, 2016
There is one critical area where the SDGs fall dangerously short – accountability. Read the new blog by Kate Donald, Director of CESR's Human Rights in Development Program.
2015: the tipping point for inequality?
End-of-year message from CESR Executive Director Ignacio Saiz: In 2015 important commitments were made to address global inequality, but in 2016 this rhetoric must be translated into action.
Big business and the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda
by Kate Donald
December 8th, 2015
Blog: If the private sector is to play the central role foreseen for it in Agenda2030, a business-as-usual approach won't suffice.
The Measure of Progress: how human rights should inform the SDG indicators
Briefing: As the dust settles on the UN Sustainable Development Summit, a new CESR briefing explores how human rights should inform the selection of SDG indicators that are currently being debated.
UN adopts Agenda 2030, but will governments follow through?
Statement: CESR responds to Agenda 2030, the new sustainable development goals for the next 15 years adopted by member states at the United Nations.
Agenda 2030: Rights on track?

Statement: As world leaders gather to adopt 'Agenda 2030', the Post-2015 Human Rights Caucus evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of the new framework.
Paradigm Shift or Lost Opportunity?
Invitation: CESR invites you to panel event bringing together leading figures to reflect critically on the progress made in securing human rights in Agenda 2030.
Strong commitments to human rights survive in final SDG text, despite sordid final compromises
by Kate Donald
August 5th, 2015
Blog: Kate Donald, Director of CESR's Human Rights in Sustainable Development Program, reflects on some tense negotiations and the resulting agreement for post-2015 development.
Global civil society demands stronger 'Addis Ababa Agenda'
July 14th, 2015
Joint declaration: As world leaders meet in Addis Ababa, over 600 civil society organizations call for a stronger agreement on post-2015 financing for development.
Falling at the last hurdle? Human rights and accountability in the Sustainable Development Goals
by Kate Donald
July 2nd, 2015
Blog: CESR's Kate Donald examines the strengths and weaknesses of the recently released 'zero draft’ document for post-2015 development.
Human rights in the global partnership for sustainable development: 7 misconceptions
by Niko Lusiani
June 25th, 2015
Blog: Niko Lusiani, Director of CESR's Human Rights in Economic Policy Program, debunks the myths surrounding human rights in a meaningful global partnership for post-2015 sustainable development.
Side event: Engaging the private sector in post‐2015 human rights and accountability
On Thursday 25 June, CESR and its partners will hold a side event at UN headquarters examining the role of the private sector in post-2015 accountability.
National Human Rights Institutions can help ensure post-2015 goals deliver
June 2nd, 2015
Briefing: A new document from CESR and the Danish Institute for Human Rights explains the role National Human Rights Institutions can and must play in post-2015 development.
Breaking the accountability taboo in sustainable development negotiations
by Kate Donald
June 2nd, 2015
Blog: Kate Donald, Director of CESR's Human Rights in Development program, reflects on recent dynamics in the post-2015 talks.
Responsibilities beyond borders: unlocking the post-2015 stalemate on international cooperation
Briefing: CESR and Third World Network launch a new briefing explaining that human rights can provide a fresh lens on an entrenched stalemate in post-2015 negotiations
Measuring what we treasure: human rights insights for post-2015 development
by CESR
May 15th, 2015
Blog: As governments set about choosing indicators for the post-2015 sustainable development goals, it is crucial that calls for pragmatism don't lead to a lack of ambition.
'The global partnership for development': tackling the accountability deficit
by Kate Donald
April 23rd, 2015
Blog: CESR's Kate Donald analyses what's needed for a truly transformative post-2015 partnership, and presents the new briefing 'Universal Rights, Differentiated Responsibilities'.
Monitoring tax spillovers in the Financing for Development Accord
UN presentation: CESR's Nicholas Lusiani has delivered an important presentation on behalf of civil society in advance of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development.
Why the Sustainable Development Goals are more than just good intentions
This statement has been released by the Beyond-2015 coalition, of which CESR is a member, in reponse to two articles published by The Economist on 28 March 2015.
Women’s rights and revenues: why we can’t achieve gender equality without fiscal justice
by Kate Donald
March 26th, 2015
Blog: While it is widely accepted that taxation plays a key role in determining income inequality, we are seeing more and more that it dramatically impacts women's equality and human rights as well.
Measuring what we treasure: exploring how human rights should inform the post-2015 indicators
Side event: On Monday 23 March, CESR together with its partners in the Post-2015 Human Rights Caucus will hold a timely debate about how to measure the SDGs and accompanying targets.
Accountability for the post-2015 agenda: A proposal for a robust global review mechanism
CESR - along with Amnesty International, the Center for Reproductive Rights and Human Rights Watch – has developed a proposal for a robust monitoring mechanism for post-2015 development.
As states gear up for the post-2015 negotiations, CESR asks 'Who’s afraid of accountability?'
UN presentation: CESR's Kate Donald recently spoke at a UN forum, challenging states on their aversion to accountability for development commitments.
2015: a seminal year for integrating human rights and sustainable development?
Joint statement: The Post-2015 Human Rights Caucus assesses the good and the not-so-good in the UN Secretary General's 'Synthesis Report on post-2015 development'.
Secretary-General’s ‘Synthesis Report’: moving the post-2015 debate forward?
by Kate Donald
January 13th, 2015
Blog: Kate Donald, director of the Human Rights in Development program at CESR, reflects on the strengths and weaknesses of a recent milestone report on the post-2015 process
Submission to UN Advisory Group on Data Revolution for Sustainable Development
CESR has delivered a submission to the UN Secretary-General's Independent Expert Advisory Group on the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development.
From Rhetoric to Remedy: human rights in the struggle against poverty
Panel discussion: CESR and the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (CHRGJ) invite you to a panel discussion on the role of human rights in combatting poverty.
The post-2015 agenda won't deliver without human rights at the core
The open letter reproduced here has been sent to the Incoming President of the General Assembly of the United Nations, H.E. Sam Kutesa, by the Post-2015 Human Rights Caucus.
Transforming the development agenda requires more, not less, attention to human rights
Opinion article: Writing for Open Global Rights, CESR's Ignacio Saiz and Radhika Balakrishnan of the Center for Women's Global Leadership discuss the role of human rights in post-2015 development.
Human rights 'non-negotiable' on post-2015 agenda, says global civil society
by Luke Holland
August 31st, 2014
Blog: Thousands of civil society organizations gathered at the UN headquarters have issued a strong call for human rights to be at the heart of the post-2015 development agenda.
Will High-Level Forum rise to accountability challenge?
by Luke Holland
July 7th, 2014
Blog: The High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development Goals is tackling one of the most crucial, and controvesial, issues in post-2015 development negotiations - accountability.
Strictly business: national rights institutions and the private sector
June 25th, 2014
Blog: National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) have a critical part to play in making sure the private sector be called to account for its impact on human rights.
Will post-2015 development proposals meet the Human Rights Litmus Test?
June 10th, 2014
CESR's Niko Lusiani addresses the UN, setting out the criteria of a 'Human Rights Litmus Test' for post-2015 sustainable development proposals.
Human Rights for All Post-2015: A Litmus Test
Please give your organization's backing to the 'Human Rights for All Post-2015 Litmus Test', a new tool to evaluate proposals for the post-2015 development framework.
Only an economic revolution can defuse the global inequality timebomb
Op-ed: Writing in the Guardian Development Blog, CESR's Nicholas Lusiani and Christian Aid's Helen Dennis explain the need for a fiscal revolution in development financing.
UN Financing Committee hears call for post-2015 fiscal revolution
by Luke Holland
May 14th, 2014
Blog: CESR has urged the UN Committee tasked with devising a post-2015 development financing strategy to tackle the fiscal injustices undermining sustainable development and human rights.
Accountability moves to the fore of the Post-2015 debate
by Luke Holland
May 7th, 2014
Blog: CESR contributes to United Nations discussions on monitoring and accountability in the post-2015 development agenda.
Sustainable development requires a 'fiscal revolution'
May 5th, 2014
Policy Briefing: A new briefing, released for the 11th session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals, sets out the commitments needed to deliver a 'fiscal revolution'.
OWG inches closer to human rights for all post-2015, but still a long road ahead
Joint statement: A coalition of organizations calls on the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals to make sure the call for human rights is properly reflected in their deliberations.
Civil society rallies to prevent privatization of post-2015 process
Blog: The private sector is threatening to drown out civil society's demands for a human rights-based sustainable development framework.
Financing Sustainable Development: the right partnerships for a better world
The Righting Finance Initiative has delivered a statement to the Intergovernmental Committee on Financing for Sustainable Development as it considers the theme of 'Co-Creating New Partnerships'.

OWG proposals risk sidelining consensus on human rights-centered sustainable development
March 3rd, 2014
Statement: CESR is calling on members of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals to renew their commitment to placing human rights at the core of the post-2015 framework.
As states set sights on inequality, it’s time to get fiscal
February 24th, 2014
Rising inequality is an issue whose time has finally come. But if governments are serious about halting this trend in the post-2015 development agenda, they will need to tackle the injustices of our current tax and fiscal systems.
Putting rights at the centre of 'data revolution'
Blog: Speaking at a UNDP conference on 'Data and Accountability', CESR's Allison Corkery sets out the rights issues at stake in informational planning for the post-2015 era.
Visions and Voices for Human Rights
Forum summary: On 24 September 2013 CESR and its partners organized a side event at the UN General Assembly to discuss integration of human rights into the post-2015 sustainable development agenda.
Human rights take centre stage at UN post-2015 debate
by Luke Holland
December 17th, 2013
Blog: Member states at the Open-Working Group on the Sustainable Development Goals have reiterated the call for human rights to be a foundation stone of the post-2015 agenda.
Side event: Human Rights at the Core of Sustainable and Just Development
Invitation: On Friday 13 December, CESR and its partners will hold a side event in parallel to the sixth session of the Open Working Group on the Sustainable Development Goals.
Over 350 groups call for human rights in core of post-2015 development plan
Joint statement: As governments meet at the UN to debate the future sustainable development agenda, over 300 organizations have called for human rights to be at the core of the new framework.
UN General Assembly: will human rights rhetoric become reality?
Governments at the UN General Assembly have recognized that human rights must be at the core of a new global development agenda. But will these rhetorical commitments be translated into practice?
Visions and Voices for Human Rights: 
Integrating human rights into the post-2015 agenda
Save the date: On September 24 CESR and its partners will stage a forum on integrating human rights into the post-2015 development framework at the United Nations headquarters in New York.
UN experts appeal for accountability in Rio+20 goals
News: A group of 22 UN independent human rights experts have called on States to incorporate international human rights norms, with strong accountability mechanisms, into the Rio+20 sustainable development goals.
Busan: mutual accountability isn’t a one-way relationship
by Luke Holland and Victoria Wisniewski
December 1st, 2011
Although 'mutual accountability' is on everyone’s lips at the 4th High-level Forum on Aid Effectiveness, all signs are that poor performance in meeting previous aid commitments will continue.
Getting the process right for the world we want
As the UN General Assembly meets to discuss the post-2015 development framework, CESR Chairperson Alicia Yamin and board member Sakiko Fukuda-Parr highlight the importance of designing effective, participative procedures in order to create a better future for all the world's people.
Civil Society demands ‘better aid’ on International Day for Eradication of Poverty
by Luke Holland
October 17th, 2011
The Global Call to Action Against Poverty, of which CESR is a member, has joined forces with BetterAid and the Open Forum for CSO Effectiveness to launch a new initiative entitled “Better Aid for the World We Want”.
Time for the G20 to be global leaders where it counts
by Victoria Wisniewski Otero
November 12th, 2010
As the G20 convenes this week in Seoul, will the world's most powerful leaders take their human rights obligations into consideration as they convene to discuss the global economy?
UN MDG Summit Opens with Many Promises Hanging in the Air
by Ignacio Saiz, Executive Director
September 21st, 2010
CESR reports back from the opening session of the UN Millennium Development Summit in New York yesterday.
La Cumbre sobre los ODM: una oportunidad para demostrar un liderazgo real sobre los derechos de la mujer
De todos los Objetivos de Desarrollo del Millenio, el ODM 5, dirigido a mejorar la salud materna, ha sido el más descuidado y el que cuenta con menos fondos. Como era de esperar, los avances en el cumplimiento de éste han sido muy irregulares.
Message to UN General Assembly: "Don't forget human rights in achieving the Millennium Goals"
by Kevin DoneganUN OHCHR
September 17th, 2010
Top independent human rights experts call on world leaders attending next week's UN Summit on the Millennium Development Goals "to be guided by human rights."
UN Resolution Recognizes Water as a Right
by Vicotora Wisniewski Otero and Seona Dillon McLoughlin
August 2nd, 2010
UN General Assembly passes a resolution declaring access to clean water and sanitation as a fundamental right.