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Leave no one behind toolkit

31 October 2016



The Global Goals for Sustainable Development offer an historic opportunity to eradicate extreme poverty and ensure no one is left behind.

To realise this opportunity, three international non-profit organisations (CIVICUS, Development Initiatives, and Project Everyone) with the support of the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development are working together on a new global initiative called the Leave No-one Behind Partnership, which aims to directly support the interests of the world’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged people.

Working with other civil society organisations and citizen groups around the world, this initiative will be guided by the following principles and work-streams:

EXAMINE: we will establish a baseline of who are the groups that have been left behind, through a data led approach; as well as identify those at risk, where they are and monitor their progress annually;

ENGAGE: we will develop a visual presentation for awareness-raising, built from the real stories of those who are being left behind;

EMPOWER: we will work together with national partners in at least 30 countries to build local voices for action and accountability to ensure no-one is left behind in their countries

The Leave No One Behind toolkit aims to equip civil society and other stakeholder organisations, coalitions, groups, and individuals with relevant information and tools to enable them to understand and carry out campaigning and advocacy activities on the Leave No One Behind commitment. It is intended to support campaigning and advocacy efforts to drive implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and the commitment to ‘Leave No One Behind’ which is at their heart.

  • The toolkit supports advocacy and campaign activities at the national, regional and international levels.
  • It does not assume a given level of experience in either the 2030 Agenda or in advocacy and campaigning.
  • It can be referred to in whole or used in parts depending on relevance.

How to use this toolkit?

Content has been divided into five sections: Part 1: helps you understand the Sustainable Development Goals and how they were established. Part 2: answers all your questions surrounding Leave No One Behind. Part 3: guides you through engaging with the Sustainable Development Goals and provides you with practical examples of actions you can take. Part 4: explains what a National Dialogue is and how you can organise one. Part 5: is a library of additional tools and resources which complement the contents of this toolkit.

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