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Increased Political Attention, Focus On Excluded Groups Critical To Achieving SDGs

Huffington Post: The Sustainable Development Goals After One Year — Already In Need Of Course Correction
Michael Klosson, vice president for policy and humanitarian response at Save the Children

“…[The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)] will not be achieved without ending both poverty, but also discrimination against excluded groups of children. … [F]air finance, equal treatment, and accountability … could turbocharge SDG implementation by overcoming barriers of exclusion. The SDGs could be transformational but with 14 years still to go, they have yet to generate sufficient urgency. There are opportunities on the horizon to bring forward the magnitude of those goals so leaders feel the weight of their responsibilities to act now to fulfill them. We see the September 19 high-level meeting at the United Nations on refugees and migration and President Obama’s September 20 summit on refugees as two such moments to tackle an unprecedented crisis of forcible displacement … This crisis has to be resolved if SDG implementation is to get on track. … As new leaders take office in coming months in the U.S., at the U.N., and in other countries, we will work to promote increased political attention to SDG implementation, improved data and accountability, institutional changes, and a priority focus on excluded groups. The ambitious commitment ‘to leave no one behind’ cannot wait” (9/14).