The SDGs mark an important moment for a deeper realization of what human rights are about. Many of the draft goals are aligned with human rights obligations and key elements of the human rights-based approach to development, including attention to root causes, gender equality, non-discrimination, and accountability, among others. However, civil society remains concerned that the OWG proposal looks to the private sector to finance development, affirming a neoliberal model that commodifies people and nature. The SDGs may, in the end, reinforce an economic model by which very often migration becomes a necessity rather than a choice. It is imperative that the SDGs include explicit human rights language to ensure that they live up to their potential of being truly transformative and human rights-centred.
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