Interim status of Agenda 2030

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development came into force two years ago. Now, Swiss healthcare experts are undertaking a first review and discussing the future challenges for global health. The latest bulletin from Medicus Mundi Switzerland addresses the gaps and pitfalls surrounding the defined goals, as well as its guiding principle of ‘Leave no one behind’.

The indigenous Baka are an ethnic minority, and therefore, often lack access to most social structures.

The mission statement ‘Leave no one behind’ is firmly embedded in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Embodied within this motto is the belief that goals are only truly achieved when every part of a society can participate in developments. But how is this working out in practice? And are the measures taken to date actually reaching the very worst-off?

“If disadvantaged people are not prioritised during planning, they end up being left behind entirely," emphasises FAIRMED Director, René Stäheli. In his article, Stäheli uses the example of the indigenous Baka from eastern Cameroon to illustrate how, in reality, the principle of ‘Leaving no one behind’ does not deliver on everything that it promises. FAIRMED  Programme Director, Bart Vander Plaetse, also looks at the manner in which goals have been implemented to date. In his view, ‘Leaving no one behind’ is more than just an apt figure of speech: it is a commitment. Against this backdrop, the article from Vander Plaetse analyses the (behavioural) shortcomings that must be addressed towards the achievement of the UN Agenda 2030 objectives.

Read the article from René Stäheli: Manhatten – Yaoundé – Misoumé. Die Tücken des letzten Wegabschnitts
(‘The perils of the final stretch’, German)

Read the article from Bart Vander Plaetse: Leave no one behind: from slogan to real change

Read the latest bulletin #144 from Medicus Mundi Switzerland