Leave No-one Behind

The Leave No One Behind Partnership


Why we’ve come together

In 2015 world leaders came together and made a historic promise. They signed up to 17 Global Goals – the Sustainable Development Goals – that have the potential to end poverty, to reduce inequality and to tackle climate change in 15 years.

At the heart of the goals is a commitment to ensure that ‘no one is left behind’ and that no goal is considered met unless met for all. That’s because, although we have witnessed huge progress in the fight against poverty and injustice, too many people – the most impoverished, those that are excluded, disadvantaged and at risk of violence and discrimination – still face terrible inequalities when it comes to accessing resources and rights. The world must focus on reaching these groups and ensuring they can make their voices heard if we are to achieve a better world for all.
The ´Leave No-one Behind´ commitment was achieved in large part because people from around the world, from all walks of life came together to demand their leaders prioritise the needs of those most marginalised and disadvantaged. To fulfil this promise, everyone must know about the goals and get engaged in making sure they are delivered by 2030. The Leave No One Behind partnership, established in July 2016, seeks to drive global momentum to make sure that happens. Made-up of three international non-profit organisations (CIVICUS, Development Initiatives, and Project Everyone) with the support of the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development we have come together as founding partners to catalyse a global movement to ensure that Leave No One Behind turns from words to reality. The partnership has three principles at its core through which we will seek to prioritise the poorest and most marginalised people. We will:

  • Examine: provide new data on who is at risk of being left behind, why and where; we will put a spotlight on the most marginalized groups and monitor progress on reaching those furthest behind first.
  • Engage: people all around the world, including civil society activists, world leaders and the wider public, through the creation of compelling content and telling the stories of those who are being left behind.
  • Empower: those who are currently at risk of being left behind and who may be marginalised to be able to speak for themselves. We will work with partners in at least 30 countries to build local voices for action and accountability.

This is just the beginning. We will work with existing networks, coalitions and people across the world to help build a long-term movement for change to ensure that by 2030 all the global goals are met for everyone. To learn more about the Leave No One Behind Agenda, the partnership has produced a new toolkit to equip stakeholders with relevant information and material to carry out campaigning activities on the Leave No One Behind commitment. Download:  English | Español | Français | Português | العربية


Frequently Asked Questions

Who is being left behind?

Everyone deserves a fair opportunity in life to realize their full potential. But many people are denied this right because of who they are or where they live. The LNB partnership will be carrying out research to identify in more detail who is being left behind as this varies widely across and within countries.

Despite impressive progress in some parts of the world, an estimated 1.2 billion people remain in extreme poverty (under $1.25 day) . Fragile and conflict-affected countries typically have the highest poverty rates and in the future, extreme poverty is likely to be concentrated in fragile countries. Poor and excluded people face daily exclusion, violence and discrimination because of their social characteristics. However not all exclusion is poverty related – people can face discrimination and limited opportunities because of their social characteristics across all income groups.

Many groups are being left behind including:

  • Girls and women often face multiple and overlapping deprivations, harm and exclusion. In sub-Saharan Africa, only 23% of poor rural girls finish primary school. Worldwide, one woman in every three will experience violence in their lifetime.
  • Children continue to face unacceptable levels of harm, violence and exploitation. Every five minutes a child is killed by violence . 5.5 million (26%) of forced labourers are below 18 years .
  • Nearly 90% of the world’s 1.8 billion young people live in developing countries. Over 500 million young people, aged 15-24, live on less than $2 per day.
  • 80% of world’s older people will live in developing countries by 2050 . The number of people aged 60 years and older in sub-Saharan Africa is projected to reach 67 million by 2025 and 163 million by 2050 . Many older persons all over the world face continued discrimination, abuse and violence.
  • People with disabilities face significant levels of discrimination and stigma and are less likely than others to be able to move themselves out of poverty . People living in poverty are also at greater risk of experiencing disability due to higher risk of malnutrition, disease, lack of access to health care, water supplies and sanitation and worse living conditions.
  • People with mental health impairments and intellectual and psychosocial disabilities face unique and complex challenges that are not widely understood or addressed. Adults with mental health conditions are almost four times more likely to experience violence than people who do not have a disability.
  • Members of ethnic and religious minority groups are more likely to be poor than people from majority group/s .
  • Discrimination against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people is widespread. Homosexuality is currently criminalised in over 70 countries including 40 of 53 Commonwealth member states.
  • Disparities between rural and urban areas remain pronounced. Poverty is still predominantly a rural phenomenon and will remain so for at least the next two decades . Remoteness limits productive economic opportunities and is often linked to discrimination against minority groups . The proportion living in under-served urban areas is likely to rise with increasing rates of urbanisation.
  • Crisis-affected populations, refugees and migrants can face additional multiple deprivations and exacerbated risks of discrimination. Over 125 million people are estimated to currently require humanitarian assistance, including over 60 million refugees who were forced to flee their homes because of conflict .
  • Globally, about 21 million people are trapped in forced labour or modern slavery.

What does the LNB Partnership do?

 Leave No-one Behind is a fundamental commitment of the Sustainable Development Goals, which have a 15-year timeframe, from 2015-2030. To support the early stages of the Leave No-One Behind commitment, and to make sure it gets off to the best possible start the partnership currently runs between July 2016 and March 2017.

The partnership will carry out ongoing work including the development of creative concept, working with civil society around the world and engaging with decision makers. Some key events include:

Timeframe Activity
July 2016 Launch of partnership at the UN´s High Level Political Forum
September 2016 New research released on the poorest 20% of people globally (P20)
September 2016 Leave No One Behind at the opening of the United Nations General Assembly: A review of progress after the 1st year; Release of new film
September-January 2017 National Dialogues taking place around the world
January – February 2017 Examine findings from National Dialogues and Online Consultation
January – March 2017 Produce evidence-based recommendations from consultations on how to address inequalities & needs of LNB communities
January 2017 – onwards Support national partners to use the National Dialogues as a spring-board for action and advocacy in their own countries
January – July 2017 Develop plan to widen work with national partners and continue to monitor progress to address inequalities and ensure delivery of LNB promise

Who are the partners?

The partnership brings together three different organisations with unique and complementary skills to form a powerful partnership for change. Each organisation will lead on specific activities

Development Initiatives:

  • An independent international development organisation that focuses on the role of data in driving poverty eradication and sustainable development. The organisation is a leader in promoting better and more transparent data for development, including helping establish the multi-stakeholder International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) and holding the role of technical lead on its Secretariat.
  • Lead on the EXAMINE strand. DI will produce and socialize new data relating to ‘leaving no one behind’ to put a spotlight on the most marginalized groups and arm all development actors with the data they need to track the progress of the poorest and most marginalised people.

Project Everyone:

  • A specialist creative organisation which set out to popularise the launch of the UN’s Global Goals for Sustainable Development in 2015. They reached the masses through the iconic branding of the Global Goals, a text sent to 925 million people, radio programmes in 75 countries, and helped deliver school lessons about the goals to millions of school children.
  • Lead on the ENGAGE strand. Through creating compelling creative content, telling the stories of those left behind they will help build greater awareness of the Global Goals and the pledge of ‘leaving no one behind’.


  • A global alliance of civil society organisations and activists dedicated to strengthening citizen action and civil society around the world. The organisation has considerable experience facilitating multi-stakeholder partnership, including its previous roles as host of the Global Call to Action on Poverty (GCAP) and Action/2015.
  • Lead on the EMPOWER strand. Civicus will facilitate broad engagement at country-level and globally to achieve the LNB principles through organizing 30 national dialogues and providing advocacy support to ensure active participation of excluded groups in national planning and reviews, and advocacy opportunities at UN meetings

Can others join the LNB partnership?

To turn the LNB promise from words to reality we need everyone. That’s why the partnership is focussed on catalysing sustained action, commitment and responsibility from the global system, (governments, private sector, UN, international organisations and citizens).

Project Everyone, Development Initiatives and Civicus are the founding partners of the initiative. We hope that the first six months will act as a catalyst to increase the number of partners. Anyone interested in joining the partnership can contact info@LeaveNoOneBehind.global


Get Involved

  • Use the tools: Everything –from data to campaigning tools created through the partnership is designed for anyone to use.
  • Take Action: The partnership will run advocacy and awareness campaigns and initiatives generated in partnership with others which members of the public will be encouraged to take part in.
  • Take part in a national dialogue: In an effort to identify the communities and groups of people most in need of access to the resources and programmes that can deliver the LNB promise, , CIVICUS is conducting National Dialogues in 30 countries with civil society groups that work with and on behalf of the most marginalised and disadvantaged people, especially those living in impoverished communities and who are at high risk of violence and discrimination.
  • As part of the process of National Dialogues, there is an interactive survey, you can find information on the survey and key countries to be included here.
  • Support the LNB partnership: we hope that the first six months of the partnership will act as a catalyst to expand the range of partners and help mobilise wider support over time from other civil society networks, donors, member states, UN agencies and private philanthropists.
  • Share your LNB related activities: Let the partnership know what you are doing and use the partnership´s reach to engage others to support activities being undertaken. By emailing info@LeaveNoOneBehind.global


National Dialogues

The Leave No One Behind Partnership has been working with civil society partners around the world to conduct national dialogues that engage the most marginalised and excluded communities in the Sustainable Development Goals. In particular the national dialogues have helped:

  • Identify the most marginalised and discriminated against communities in need of priority access to the resources and programs being mobilised by the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Support innovative solutions from civil society that reach those most in need
  • Coordinated civil society´s engagement in the implementation and monitoring of the Leave No One Behind commitment

Details about the national dialogues are provided below. An online consultation was also conducted in English | Español | Français

Read the global synthesis report of the 30 national dialogues. Leave No One Behind: Delivering on the Agenda 2030 Promise | Executive Summary Full report

Date Country Organization
September 22 Nepal NGO Federation of Nepal
October 10 Sierra Leone Caritas
October 20 Argentina RACI
October 27/28 Zimbabwe NANGO
November 4 Togo JVT
November 5 Tanzania APF
November 8/9 India YUVA & WNTA
November 14/15 Fiji FCOSS
November 15 South Africa African Monitor
November 16 Nigeria NNNGO
November 24 Jamaica ADA
November 25 Bolivia Unitas
November 30 Brazil IDS
December 1 Tajikistan TNNGOA
December 8 Uganda UNNGOF
December 8 Bangladesh Helpage
December 9 East Timor LABEH
December 9 Philippines PRRM
December 12/13 Sudan Sudanese Development Call Organization (NIDAA)
December 13 Colombia CCONG
December 18 El Salvador Asociación Nueva Vida Pro-Niñez y Juventud
December 22 Cambodia ADD
December 29 Afghanistan ANCB
January 15 Kenya PACJA
January 15 Palestine Social and Economic Policies Monitor (Al Marsad)
January 19 Rwanda NSINDAGIZA
January 20 Pakistan AWAZ
January 20 Peru IPROGA
January 22 Mozambique JOINT




  • Create your own campaign materials and data visualisations using a new online new tool which allows users to upload their own data and text to make infographics and social media content related to the Leave No One Behind pledge and EACH of the Sustainable Development Goals. Use the tool
  • Read the executive summary of our global synthesis report of the 30 national dialogues. Leave No One Behind: Delivering on the Agenda 2030 Promise | Download | Download full report
  • View the country profiles, which provides a summary of key findings for each of the 30 national dialogues. View
  • Participate in the online consultation to help identify the communities and groups of people most in need of priority access to the resources and programs being mobilised by the United Nations´ Sustainable Development Goals. Available in English | Español | Français
  • To learn more about the Leave No One Behind Agenda, civil society partners have produced a new toolkit to equip stakeholders with relevant information and tools to carry out campaigning activities on the Leave No One Behind commitment. Download:  English | Español | Français | Português | العربية
  • If you are interested in coordinating national activities for Action4SD, we suggest organisations complete a national-level stakeholder mapping exercise to identify civil society actions that are already making a meaningful difference on the themes related to the Sustainable Development Goals. To undertake this scoping activity, please download the national template (word document).
  • You can find material from videos to infographics to help you campaign on the Sustainable Development Goals at www.globalgoals.org



Leave No One Behind

At the heart of the Sustainable Development Goals is a commitment to leave no one behind. That’s because, although we have made huge progress towards a better world, too many people have been left behind because of who they are or where they live.

Leave No Woman Behind: Juddy’s story

Juddy was injured in an accident 15 years ago. She fought to find a way to earn a living. She is now a leader in her community, teaching other women how they can empower themselves and overcome poverty.

Leave No One Behind: Josephine and Cecilia’s Story

Josephine and Cecilia left home to escape early marriage and Female Genital Mutilation. Through education they are working to change their lives and those of others.

Leave No One Behind: Eunice and Josephine’s Story

Eunice and Josephine had to leave their jobs working on flower farms in Kenya. They struggle to find work and they and their families often go to bed hungry.

Leave No One Behind: Tracy’s Story

Tracy lives in one of the poorest areas of Nairobi. She joined a youth orchestra which helped support her education. She is now a vocal advocate for girl’s education.

More videos related to the Leave No One Behind pledge and the Sustainable Development Goals available here.



If you would like more information about the Leave No One Behind Partnership, please contact info@LeaveNoOneBehind.global