Transforming Our World: Reacting to the 2030 SDGs

ATD Fourth World has been actively contributing to the United Nations’ negotiations to set sustainable development goals (SDGs), informed by the findings of our participatory research project, which reached over 2,000 people worldwide, the majority living in poverty. After nearly three years of negotiations, the International Movement ATD Fourth World welcomes the Outcome Document “Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” that Member States will adopt this coming September.

In its reaction statement, ATD Fourth World continues to urge the international community to truly “leave no one behind,” to make human rights practical, to recognize people in poverty as valuable partners, and to meaningfully address the discrimination that affects those in poverty. We welcome the emphasis on public sources for financing development, but regret no talk of tax reform, environmental safeguards, or means to counter the weight of the private sector’s often exclusory approach.

In our statement, ATD Fourth World highlights the victories that have emerged from negotiations, states the shortcomings and challenges we see, and commits to working with other stakeholders—including those struggling in poverty themselves—to take up the challenge of reaching these Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) all together in dignity.

Click here to download the PDF of ATD Fourth World’s Reactions to the UN’s Outcome Document “Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.”