"I think the UN can create a culture in which moral courage is the norm, whether by individual staff, by UN departments or by Member States and their representatives."
- Ben Majekodunmi
Are the new SDGs truly transformative, or "new wine in old bottles"? Join us for our Twitter chat on 23 September! #GVIChat #SDGs Many applaud the groundbreaking global consultations that have accompanied drafting the new SDGs. But is the current international system capable of doing things differently? Do transformational SDGs require equally transformational institutions, processes, thinking and behaviors? Are we there yet? How do we get there?
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Human Rights Up Front at the UN
Ben Majekodunmi, UN Senior Human Rights Officer, and one of the persons instrumental in establishing the Human Rights Up Front Programme, shared his insights in a GVI interview.
"Human Rights Up Front is creating a framework to help the whole of the UN understand what the moral aspect of their role is and how to take action, as the staff cannot ignore what is going on." See more on leadership, moral courage and culture change as it relates to human rights, in the full interview here
Integrating human rights at Action Aid
GVI heard from Jorge Romano, Executive Coordinator at Action Aid in Brazil.
"For ActionAid the great example of leadership in human rights that we need are those people that in their own specific context of discrimination and violence are able to mobilize and articulate local populations and act in network even with other organizations to advocate for the implementation of those rights." Read the full interview here
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"Human Rights are violated more often than they are respected. Yet, they are the global consensus of our values"
- Dr Paula Braveman