Tool Reveals Links Between Human Rights Recommendations, SDG Targets

Europe, ICT, News, April 27 2018

DENMARK: The Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) has launched the UPR-SDG Data Explorer, which uses an algorithm to automatically identify links between the SDG targets and recommendations from the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR). The tool aims to facilitate follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda at the global, regional and national levels.

The UPR is a peer review mechanism under the HRC that aims to improve human rights in UN Member States by reviewing their human rights records and providing an opportunity for each State to describe actions they have taken to improve their human rights situations and obligations. According to DIHR’s ‘Human Rights Guide to the SDGs,’ over 92% of SDG targets are “linked to specific provisions of international human rights instruments,” underscoring the mutually reinforcing nature of human rights and the SDGs. DIHR argues that recommendations from human rights mechanisms like the UPR can help guide countries’ SDG implementation, identify vulnerable groups that may require special support, and develop actions to realize both human rights obligations and sustainable development commitments. DIHR further argues that such approaches will enhance accountability, coherence, efficacy, inclusion, participation and prioritization in SDG implementation.

Users of the UPR-SDG Data Explorer can explore links between the 169 SDG targets and UPR recommendations for specific regions, countries or groups. For example, under the ‘Groups’ tab, users can filter among children, human rights defenders, indigenous people, internally displaced persons, members of minorities, migrants, persons with disabilities, refugees and asylum seekers, and women and girls. Users can also select among the UPR’s three cycles that have been conducted so far, and for either “accepted” or “noted” human rights recommendations.

For the full article visit the source: IISD SDG Knowledge Hub

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