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Protections for Migrants in UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals

Protections for Migrants in UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals

UN Member States will gather on September 25-27 in New York City for the UN Summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda. The final text of the outcome document entitled “Transforming Our World” outlines the 17 goals for sustainable development that will take into effect January 1, 2016.

Migrants are specifically named in the outcome document under Goal 10-Reduce Inequality within and among countries:

  • 10.7 Facilitate orderly, safe, regular and responsible migration and mobility of people, including through the implementation of planned and well-managed migration policies


  • 10.c By 2030, reduce to less than 3 per cent the transaction costs of migrant remittances and eliminate remittance corridors with costs higher than 5 per cent

These two goals highlight the intersection between migrant and diaspora communities that ABDGN recognizes as critical for advancing coordinated global responses to health and human rights in our populations. For migrant and diaspora civil society advocacy, holding governments accountable to reaching these targets will provide opportunities for new insights and approaches to addressing existing inequities. “Transforming Our World” gives renewed leverage for migrant/diaspora participation and engagement at country level to affect real change.

But the news is not all good. References to LGBTI communities and protections were removed from the final draft of the outcome document, a glaring contradiction to the spirit and intent of the sustainable development goals to be inclusive for all people. Now more then ever strategic initiatives to advocate for LGBTI human rights at country and global levels must be a priority.

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2016 African Black Diaspora Global Network Financial support for this initiative was made available by Core Funding - 2013153 from the Consortium of MSM and Transgender Networks by the Robert Carr civil society Networks Fund