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SIGN-ON: Call for SDGs to Address Elimination of Systemic Racism

Sep 14, 2020

The below statement has been developed and circulated by USHRN member organization Society for the Psychological Study of Social issues (SPSSI) and calls for Member States, UN organs and programmes, NGOs, CSOs, and the private sector to go beyond the rhetoric of “leaving no one behind” and take concrete steps to address the eradication of systemic racism and racial and ethnic discrimination across the 17 SDGs. 

The United Nations (UN) 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, launched in 2015 promised that the agenda would fulfill human rights to equality and non-discrimination across the 17 goals, “leaving no one behind.” The statement attached, initiated by the Society for the Psychological Study of Social issues (SPSSI), provides evidence that although the introduction to the SDGs is visionary in its stated commitment to protect and fulfill human rights for all, the goals, targets and global indicators developed to evaluate progress on the attainment of the SDGs  are disturbingly silent about the eradication of systemic racism and racial and ethnic discrimination which constitute global threats to human development and survival.

We offer the statement with concluding recommendations with the hope that, as we undertake during the Decade of Action launched by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres (2019) to step up the delivery of the SDGs by 2030, Member States, UN organs and programmes, NGOs, CSOs, and the private sector will go beyond the rhetoric of “leaving no one behind” by taking concrete steps to address the eradication of systemic racism and racial and ethnic discrimination across the 17 SDGs.

SPSSI is pleased to invite UN officials, and representatives of Member States and Non-Governmental Organizations or NGO Committees to endorse the statement by 20 September so that it may be circulated widely within the UN community beginning on 21 September, during the GA commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the UN.

View Corann Okorodudu, UN/NGO Representative of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, speaking specifically about this work and its significance here.

You may also read the full statement here, and click here to sign-on