Turning the SDGs and Human Rights into Reality

The Raoul Wallenberg Institute, the Norwegian Center for Human Rights, Åland Islands Peace Institute, and Galaxy Fund recently carried out a project on "SDG and human rights localization". It examines how local authorities and civil society organizations can cooperate in human rights localization processes, where local and subnational contexts are included and considered when implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

17 colorful icons representing the individual sustainable development goals.

Illustration photo: Colorbox.no

The project explores how local authorities and civil society organizations can cooperate in these processes, particularly in issues of social sustainability and inclusion of vulnerable groups (minorities, indigenous peoples, children, etc.). Additionally, it deals with how the SDG localization processes relate to human rights. In particular, it looks at the application of human rights based approaches (HRBAs) by local actors, and the role that they can play in implementing the SDGs on a local level. 

Each partner organization has carried out a study on different cooperation models between local authorities, CSOs, and other local stakeholders, looking at how the different models contribute to local implementation of human rights. The partner organizations also developed a Research and Policy Brief, which summarizes key findings and provides a set of policy recommendations.

NCHR's analysis: the Norwegian case

The study of the NCHR analyses experiences of Norway’s efforts to implement the SDGs and human rights at the local government level in order to show both the challenges but also some partial successes in implementation.

It identifies key legislation and policy frameworks for SDG and human rights implementation, such as the Planning and Building Act of 2008. Additionally, it analyses concrete examples of localization models from both regional and municipal levels.

Two examples it identifies from Oslo City are illustrative:

These highlight the benefits - and also the challenges - in ensuring new models of city decision-making that reflect wider community participation, and also discusses barriers to low cost housing. Both these challenges indicate the importance of building a local human rights agenda.

Read the final Norway report here.

For more information, visit the SDGs and human rights project page.

Tags: Human Rights, Human Rights and Sustainable Development, Sustainable development, Sustainable Development Goals, Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, NCHR By Emma Verngård
Published Oct. 8, 2021 10:57 AM - Last modified Nov. 5, 2021 9:18 AM