Details of the Initiative

Why are there 17 SDGs? How is each goal related? Are there any other necessary goals?

The key to understanding these 17 goals is human rights. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that presents the SDGs aims to realize human rights for all people and states that “no one will be left behind.” So, what are human rights? These are embodied in the constitution and human rights treaties. The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights shows the links to 17 goals of the SDGs and human rights treaties.

The problem now is how to achieve these goals. The new trend of the 21st century is not for developed countries and international organizations to impose rules “from above,” but for parties close to the problem and their surroundings to connect with other entities through networks and work to resolve the problem in equal partnership. In order to pursue a human rights protection system in which individual activities lead to the realization of the 17 goals, we hold study meetings and symposiums, and publish the Human Rights Jurisprudence Journal (Shinzansha) in cooperation with researchers, research institutes, and domestic and overseas academic societies around the world (Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A) Project No. 18H03616). On the other hand, as an educational activity, we run interdepartmental lectures in Meiji University on What is Human Rights? and Globalization and Human Rights. In addition, we are also promoting international communications on new human rights issues (for example, AI and human rights).

Video of the Council of Europe CAHAI:

Not only does what is happening in the world affect you, but also what you do where you are affects the world.