Original HRC document


Document Type: Final Resolution

Date: 2018 Apr

Session: 37th Regular Session (2018 Feb)

Agenda Item: Item3: Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development

Topic: Sustainable Development Goals

 GE.18-05247(E)


Human Rights Council Thirty-seventh session

26 February–23 March 2018

Agenda item 3

Resolution adopted by the Human Rights Council on 23 March 2018

37/25. The need for an integrated approach to the implementation of the 2030

Agenda for Sustainable Development for the full realization of human

rights, focusing holistically on the means of implementation

The Human Rights Council,

Guided by the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations,

Guided also by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a common standard

of achievement for all peoples and all nations,

Recalling all relevant international human rights treaties, including the International

Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social

and Cultural Rights,

Recalling also the Declaration on the Right to Development, which recognizes that

States have the right and the duty to formulate appropriate national development policies

that are aimed at the constant improvement of the well-being of the entire population and of

all individuals, on the basis of their active, free and meaningful participation in

development and in the fair distribution of the benefits resulting therefrom,

Recalling further that the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is guided by

the purposes and principles of the Charter, including full respect for international law, is

grounded in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, international human rights

treaties, the United Nations Millennium Declaration and the 2005 World Summit Outcome,

and is informed by other instruments, such as the Declaration on the Right to Development,

Recalling that the Sustainable Development Goals seek to build on the Millennium

Development Goals and complete what these did not achieve, to realize the human rights of

all and to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls, and that

they are integrated and indivisible and balance the three dimensions of sustainable

development: the economic, the social and the environmental,

Recalling also that the 2030 Agenda has been accepted by all States and is

applicable to all, taking into account different national realities, capacities and levels of

development and respecting national policies and priorities, and that these are universal

goals and targets that involve the entire world, developed and developing States alike,

Recalling further that the 2030 Agenda, its Goals and targets, including the means of

implementing them, are universal, indivisible and interlinked,

Recalling that the means of implementing the targets under Goal 17 and under each

Sustainable Development Goal are key to realizing the 2030 Agenda and are of equal

importance with the other Goals and targets,

1. Reaffirms that the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is grounded in

and seeks to realize human rights and fundamental freedoms for all, and calls upon States to

focus on implementing the 2030 Agenda in an integrated and holistic manner;

2. Also reaffirms the central role of the high-level political forum on sustainable

development, which meets under the auspices of the General Assembly and the Economic

and Social Council and has a mandate to oversee a network of processes for the follow-up

to and review of the 2030 Agenda at the global level;

3. Takes note of the reports of the Secretary-General, on critical milestones

towards coherent, efficient and inclusive follow-up to and review of the 2030 Agenda at the

global level,1 and on progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals;2

4. Decides to invite the President of the Economic and Social Council,

commencing in 2018, to brief, on an annual basis, the Human Rights Council, during one of

its regular sessions, on the discussions of the high-level political forum, including on gaps,

challenges and progress in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, focusing on the means

of implementation taken together as an integrated package;

5. Also decides to remain seized of this issue.

54th meeting

23 March 2018

[Adopted without a vote.]

1 A/70/684.

2 E/2017/66.