Human Development Approach Provides Route To Achieve SDGs

Inter Press Service: Is there a Co-Relation Between Human Development & SDGs?
Pedro Conceição, director of the U.N. Development Programme’s Human Development Report

“…There are many links between the human development approach and the 2030 Agenda. But it is worth noting up front that the two are fundamentally different things. … The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a globally agreed tool for assessing development progress. Human development, meanwhile, is a philosophy — or lens — for considering almost any development issue one can think of. In other words, the SDGs provide a development destination. Human development allows one to design the route to get there. … [T]he [Human Development Report (HDR)] has an important role to play in ensuring we keep one eye on the horizon, even if most attention is focused on the next 11 years. … The 2030 Agenda and the SDGs — with their universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity — foreshadow a better world that the human development approach is helping to build. But the story of global development will not end in 2030. It is our job to ensure that human development thinking will continue to shape the global development landscape for the rest of the 21st century” (7/1).