SDGs & 2030 Agenda

The Sustainable Development Goals represent an important mechanism through which States and other stakeholders work to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all.


The goals are intended to be achieved by 2030, and proactive work to move the goals forward is vital.

The ERC Founding Principles include a commitment to strengthening cooperation in, coordination of, and communication about [the] efforts to advance the human rights of, and support inclusive development for, all persons, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and sex characteristics. This should include focusing on LGBTI human rights through engagement with the SDGs.

The main priority of the SDGs Thematic Group is to investigate how the Global Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development can be used to benefit LGBTI communities across the globe, and ensure that no one is left behind. The group looks to analyze the SDGs in their entirety to determine the ways in which they are each applicable to LGBTI issues, and indicate priority targets. Through this, the group encourages States to conduct LGBTI inclusive SDG reviews of progress at the national level, which can serve as a basis for inclusive contributions to the High-Level Political Forum.

The SDGs group looks to ensure LGBTI persons are included in the SDGs and related activities, and move the goals forwards, by:

  • Engagement with Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) – reaching out to Member and non-Member States to support with reporting, and ensuring they use this process to bring attention to issues specific to LGBTI persons in their national contexts.
  • Engagement at the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) – ensuring that LGBTI issues are included in formal statements, VNR presentations, side-events, and briefings.
  • Analysis of SDGs and how they are applicable to LGBTI communities.
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2021 Online Conference Report

06 August 2021


CSO Co-Chair Speeches, 2021 Conference

07 July 2021


The COVID-19 pandemic & LGBTIQ+ communities: a call for action for government & multilateral donors

20 April 2021

Research Briefing

Gender Recognition and Trans Rights in the UK

20 October 2020


Report 1: Global Impact of COVID-19 on LGBTI Communities

20 April 2020

Equal Rights Coalition Civil Society Roles & Structure Proposal

20 November 2018


ERC 2021 Convening Civil Society Statement

09 July 2021

Strategic Document

Equal Rights Coalition Strategic Plan 2021-2026

06 July 2021

Strategic Document

Annex B: Five-Year Implementation Plan

06 July 2021


A statement by the Equal Rights Coalition on serious human rights violations and abuses against LGBTI people in the Chechen Republic of the Russian Federation.

19 April 2021


Equal Rights Coalition’s (ERC) statement on coronavirus (COVID-19) and the human rights of LGBTI persons

15 May 2020


Statement by Equal Rights Coalition on the situation in Brunei

13 April 2019