Launch of the Leave No-one Behind Partnership

LNOB project partners2

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.

At the heart of the project is the responsibility to listen and respond to the voices of the world’s most impoverished communities and those that are excluded and at risk of violence and discrimination. Together the project partners will work to ensure that the needs of the most marginalised are brought to the forefront of policy and are recipients of the resources and programmes being mobilised under the 2030 Agenda. 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 combined impact of these activities will help inform governments and communities about the solutions needed to tackle extreme poverty and exclusion, as well as facilitate cross-sector partnerships to promote rights and identify opportunities for the world’s most marginalised people. 

About the project partners 

CIVICUS: A global alliance of civil society organisations and activists dedicated to strengthening citizen action and civil society around the world. The organisation has considerable experience facilitating multi-stakeholder partnership, including its previous roles as host of the Global Call to Action on Poverty (GCAP) and Action/2015. 

Development Initiatives: An independent international development organisation that focuses on the role of data in driving poverty eradication and sustainable development. The organisation is a leader in promoting better and more transparent data for development, including helping establish the multi-stakeholder International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) and holding the role of technical lead on its Secretariat.  

Project Everyone: A specialist creative organisation which set out to popularise the launch of the UN’s Global Goals for Sustainable Development in 2015. They reached the masses through the iconic branding of the Global Goals, a text sent to 925 million people, radio programmes in 75 countries, and helped deliver school lessons about the goals to millions of school children. 

Launch Event:

At the first High Level Political Forum (19 July, New York), key international organisations came together to launch the global initiative. Meeting notes are available here.


Uchita de Zoysa, Adviser to the Sri Lanka Ministry of Sustainable Development
Presentation on Sri Lanka case study


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