Global Leaders Must Recommit To Universal Declaration Of Human Rights To Achieve SDGs

Huffington Post: To Achieve Sustainable Development Goals, Leaders Must Focus on Human Rights
Kerry Kennedy, president of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights

“…The truth is this: we will only achieve the development goals we share as a global community if we ensure the dignity and security of every human life. In other words, we can’t achieve the [Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)] unless we recommit to the Universal Declaration [of Human Rights]. …My father, the late Robert F. Kennedy, once said that the principles that underpin the Universal Declaration of Human Rights ’embody the collective hopes of men of good will all around the world.’ He was right. The SDGs and Universal Declaration should be a packaged deal. At UNGA, leaders will commit themselves to the former. But for that commitment to bear fruit, they must also rededicate themselves to the latter” (9/14).