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The SDG - HR Atlas
 Towards leveraging the "Sustainable Development Goals - Human Rights" nexus

The Sustainable Development Goals - Human Rights Atlas (SDG - HR Atlas) is visually represented by the infographic "SDG Temple of Justice".  

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The SDG Temple of Justice is an outline of a business-friendly, human-rights-based blueprint designed to help realize the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


It is further intended to be used as an SDG Acceleration Tool that mainstreams human rights-based and business-friendly approaches to development in the work of national SDG policy makers and implementers by means of promoting legal empowerment of people including the poor and disadvantaged groups.


The infographic of the SDG Temple of Justice visualizes how the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development can be advanced by leveraging the human rights foundation of the SDGs through legal empowerment of people including the poor and disadvantaged groups.


Read more at the Explanatory Guide to the SDG Temple of Justice >>>

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As the key features, the SDG Temple of Justice -


(a)  Adopts a human rights-based approach to help advance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It is done by promoting legal empowerment of people including the poor and disadvantaged groups through eightfold rights, i.e., Gender Equality, Property Rights, Contract Rights, Business Rights, Labour Rights, Right to an Effective Remedy, Right to Information, and the Right to Development. 


Benefit: As a human rights-based development strategy, legal empowerment of people including the poor has the potential to help address the “greatest global challenge of eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty” while “leaving no one behind” as stipulated in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


For more information, click on the SDG colour wheel and the eight pillars of the SDG Temple infographic.


(b)  Incorporates a human rights guide to the SDGs that shows the high degree of convergence between human rights and the Goals & targets (content credit: the Danish Institute for Human Rights).


Benefit: This guide helps using national, regional and international human rights monitoring and reporting mechanisms to undertake the “follow up and review” of SDG implementation. Preparing reports on sustainable development, e.g. Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs), based on existing human rights reporting procedures as recommended by the 2030 Agenda provides a constructive and resource-efficient advantage for States.


For a guide on the SDGs – human rights relationship, click on the 17 SDG icons appearing on the SDG Temple infographic.


The relevant national human rights reports include those submitted to the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) under the Human Rights Council; the Human Rights Committee; the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; the Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women; the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; and the International Labour Organization’s supervisory mechanisms on the application of International Labour Standards.


(c) Connects with the UN Treaty Collection’s current status of international human rights treaties and ILO regulations that are directly related to the SDGs.


Benefit: Being State Parties to all relevant international and regional human rights treaties contributes to the successful achievement of the 17 SDGs by 2030.


For a guide on the human rights – SDGs relationship, click on the human rights treaty acronyms indicated on the steps leading to the SDG Temple infographic.

The Legal & Economic Empowerment Global Network’s (LEEG-net) “temple of SDGs” offers a new visualization for the Goals, with eight temple pillars representing legal foundations for people’s rights, especially for empowerment of the poor and vulnerable groups.

Each pillar rests atop foundations of other multilateral agreements, the UN Charter, and four core principles: democracy, good governance, peace and security. An Explanatory Guide notes that the infographic and the SDGs relate to LEEG-net’s core work on legal empowerment, as SDGs 5 and 10 (gender equality and reduced inequalities) deal with the issue explicitly.

- SDG Knowledge Weekly: Localizing the SDGs and Resilience as the “New Normal”

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