‘Leave no one behind’ is a principle central to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. As national governments, development partners and Heads of State this week gather at the United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) in New York, PRISE is launching this policy briefing, ‘Leaving no one behind’ through enabling climate-resilient economic development in dryland regions’ based on five years’ research by the project. It puts forward the view that governments, development partners and investors must prioritise investments to tackle poverty and climate vulnerability in dryland areas to ensure that no one is left behind, achieve multiple Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the global goals on climate adaptation.
Drylands, and the people and economies in them, have long been marginalised. Yet PRISE research evidence highlights that by focusing on major productive sectors in drylands and providing an enabling environment for private actors in these regions, national governments, development partners and investors can support progress towards achieving the SDGs, Leave No one Behind and building resilience to climate change.
Bara Gueye, Co-PI from PRISE partner organisation IED en Afrique in Dakar, Senegal, is attending this year’s HLPF as part of the consortium’s continuing support to the Government of Senegal, in a technical committee, as it submits its Voluntary National Review (VNR) at HLPF on Tuesday, July 17. PRISE is also partnering with the Government of Senegal at two HLPF side events on ‘Transborder cooperation around water governance’ on July 12 and ‘Leave No one Behind’ on July 17.
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