TAP at the HLPF
We look forward to engaging in conversations this year around the SDGs being reviewed: 4 on Quality Education, 5 on Gender Equality, 14 on Life Below Water, 15 on Life on Land, and 17 on Partnerships for the Goals. However, it is vital to highlight in review of the SDGs listed above, that all the Sustainable Development Goals are inextricably linked to SDG 16 on Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions. These interlinkages cannot be ignored as we approach the halfway point in the 2030 Agenda, as it is widely recognized that we cannot hope to achieve the rest of the 2030 Agenda without the successful implementation of SDG16. Further, as the international community continues recovery efforts from the COVID-19 Pandemic, it is essential to center our efforts on the achievement of the SDGs and “leaving no one behind”. Progress on the SDGs has been too slow, and has in many ways backslid in recent years. As we approach this year’s HLPF, TAP is making renewed calls for urgent action and increased commitments towards achieving the SDGs, with a special focus on SDG16.