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  • Writer's pictureCaterina Sullivan

What Does It Mean to Leave No One Behind?

Updated: Nov 4, 2018

Next week, we are hosting our Leave No One Behind National Dialogue at Questacon.

But what does it actually mean to “Leave No One Behind”?

At the heart of the 2030 Agenda is a commitment to ensure that ‘no one is left behind’ and that no goal is considered achieved unless it is met for all nations, peoples and groups in society. That’s because, although we have witnessed huge progress in the fight against poverty and injustice, too many people still face terrible inequalities when it comes to accessing resources, opportunities and their rights. The world must focus on reaching these groups and ensuring they can make their voices heard and benefit from progress if we are to achieve a better world for all.

By committing to leave no one behind, world leaders have vowed to prioritise the interests of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged groups. We can create a world where no one is denied opportunities because of who they are or where they live. We can be the first generation to ensure all human beings lead dignified lives, free from fear and violence, and to ensure all human beings are able to realise their full potential.

It will take all of us to make sure this commitment is delivered by understanding who is left behind, where and why, what works and what doesn’t. Leaving no one behind means ensuring their voices are heard and putting pressure on leaders to deliver on their promises.

Our event will look into the core of what it means in an Australian context to leave no one behind. We will discuss different groups in our community and why it is so important to shed light on these groups and find ways to empower them and to close the equality gap in Australia.


“We are resolved to free the human race from the tyranny of poverty and want, and to heal and secure our planet. We are determined to take the bold and transformative steps which are urgently needed to shift the world on to a sustainable and resilient path. As we embark on this collective journey, we pledge that no one will be left behind.”


To have your say as to who you feel is the most left behind, take our survey!

Don’t forget to register for our event too!

This article was written in partnership with CIVICUS, Project Everyone and Development Initiatives.

This article was originally published on the Global Goals Australia Campaign website.


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