The statement Beyond the Human Rights Rhetoric on “Leaving No One Behind:” Integrating the Elimination of Systemic Racism, and Racial and Ethnic Discrimination into the Implementation of the SDGs was offered by Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) on September 2st 2020. The aim of it was to present some recommendations to address and evaluate progress ineradicating systemic racism and racial and ethnic discrimination across the 17 SDGs.
Some important points were:
1.Make a genuine commitment to the “Leave no one behind” principle by assessing and developing laws,policies and programmes to mitigate systemic racism and racial and ethnic discrimination relevant to each SDG.
2.Monitor and evaluate progress on all SDGs by using indicators disaggregated by race, ethnicity, descent, national origin, indigenous identity, age, sex, income, language, religion, disability, migratory status, geographic location, and other characteristics relevant in national contexts.
3.With the leadership of the UN Statistical Commission, invest urgently in increasing significantly the availability of high-quality, timely and reliable SDGs data disaggregated by race, ethnicity, descent,national origin, indigenous identity, age, sex, income, language, religion, disability, migratory status, geographic location, and other characteristics relevant in national contexts.
4.Develop partnerships for enhancing technical capacity-building support in developing countries for generating disaggregated data and statistics, consistent with SDG17, initial Target 17.18.
5. Include in Member States Voluntary National Reviews, developed to assess progress on the SDGs, indicators and data from the existing mechanisms for monitoring compliance with human rights standards, especially compliance with the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD), the Convention on the Eliminations of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CERD), the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), and the Universal Periodic Reviews (UPR) of the Human Rights Council.
6. Speed up urgent contributions to the International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024), by Member States and all stakeholders in support of the theme “Recognition, Justice, and Development,” through strong, concrete actions to fulfill the economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights of people of African Descent through the SDGs.
7. Enhance strength of national dedication to human rights for all by ratifying and beginning the
implementation of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination by 2022, by Member States who have not yet done so.
8. Member States should “make the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action a central pillar of human rights education and implementation…combating all forms of racism…,” in their implementation of the SDGs, as strongly urged by the recent statement of Ms. Tendayi Achiume, UN Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance and the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent (23 March 2020).
9. Given the multiple factors that interact to influence human development, use different categories of group disaggregated data to discover and address developmental risks associated with different intersecting forms of group identity or oppression; for example: race/ethnicity x sex/gender x income; race/ethnicity x sex/gender x age; race/ethnicity x age x migration status; and other combinations of social group identities or forms of oppression.
10. Support genuine and effective partnerships by Member States and UN organs, funds, and programmes with non-governmental and civil society organizations and the private sectors to create and maintain strong and meaningful collaboration in addressing and evaluating systemic racism and racial and ethnic discrimination through the 17 SDGs, consistent with the theme of the 75 th Anniversary of the UN.