Human Rights & SDGs Talanoa

Talanoa: Integration of Human Rights in the achievement of the SDGs.

This Talanoa was organised by the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) and the Pacific Regional Office of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Suva, Fiji on 30 August 2018.

More than 90% of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targets are linked to international human rights and labour standards. The achievement of the SDGs is only possible if we protect people’s rights in the process. In fact, by putting in strong mechanisms of protection of human rights, we’d have a much higher probability of achieving many of the SDGs.

PIDF recognizes that subsequently, the human rights framework offers important guidance for the implementation of the SDGs. Similarly, the SDGs can contribute in substance to the realisation of human rights in the Pacific.

As an initial phase towards this, the PIDF and OHCHR  hosted this Talanoa with other human rights stakeholders relevant to the areas of cooperation, to discuss the linkages between Human Rights and the SDGs, specifically from a Pacific perspective.

This Talanoa presented a proposed collaboration between PIDF and OHCHR as an initial step towards a coherent vision and strategy in embracing human rights issues in the Pacific in terms of advocacy, securing the rights of people with specific disabilities, rights of people affected by environmental disasters, and human rights outreach and education.

The objectives of the Talanoa were:

  1. To introduce a new partnership between the Pacific Islands Development Forum and the UN Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights for the Pacific.
  2.  To bring together advocates and practitioners to present, share understanding and discuss key Human Rights challenges and issues in the Pacific directly related to the activities of the partnership.
  3. To officially sign the Memorandum of Understanding between the two organizations for joint advocacy on Human Rights in the Pacific and to fulfill our commitment to ensuring that no one is left behind.

Please peruse the following documents:

Human Rights and SDGs Talanoa Concept Note
Human Rights and SDGs Talanoa Agenda
Human Rights and SDGs Talanoa Flyer
Welcome address by PIDF Secretary General Francois Martel
Opening remarks by Dr. Chitralekha Massey, Regional Representative, OHCHR
Presentation by Mr. Patrick Castellan, Deputy Regional Representative, OHCHR
Presentation by Ms. Irene Isabel Lata Prasad, In-Country Coordinator, ACSE Programme
Presentation by Ms. Emele Duituturaga, Executive Director, PIANGO

PIDF press release on the signing of the MOU with OHCHR
OHCHR press release on the signing of the MOU with PIDF

Please also download the full Talanoa Report 

Download the PIDF/UNOHCHR Tool to measure progress on SDGs and human rights implementation through the Voluntary National Reviews: A4 Version | A3 Version

PIDF Secretary General Mr Francois Martel (left) delivering his welcome remarks. Next to him Mr Mark Borg, PIDF Team Leader Programme Management
Dr. Chitralekha Massey, Regional Representative, OHCHR, delivering her opening remarks.
Mr. Patrick Castellan, Deputy Regional Representative, OHCHR
Ms. Irene Isabel Lata Prasad, In-Country Coordinator, ACSE Programme.
Ms. Laisa Vereti , Manager Planning, Policy and Advocacy Pacific Disability Forum.
Ms. Emele Duituturaga, Executive Director, PIANGO.
Participants following the presentations with interest.
Rev. James Bhagwan sharing his thoughts
Dr. Chitralekha Massey and Mr Francois Martel signing the Memorandum of Understanding between UNOHCHR and PIDF
Dr. Chitralekha Massey and Mr Francois Martel exchanging signed MOUs.
PIDF/UNOHCHR Tool to measure progress on SDGs and human rights implementation through the Voluntary National Reviews.