Published 2016
A Field Perspective: Leaving No One Behind' - Opening up National Budgets for More Accountable SDG Financing
By John Hendra

Simply put, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is an agenda for change. As many commentators have highlighted, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) represent a significant departure from the previous Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); this is a much more transformative agenda, first and foremost because it’s universal but also because it is rights-based and tackles the root causes of inequalities and discrimination; brings together climate change and development in the same framework; and, importantly, focuses on ‘leaving no one behind’ and eliminating extreme poverty. What’s more, where the MDGs were vertical and siloed, the SDGs are more inter-linked and horizontal and require much more integrated approaches.