LEAVE NO ONE BEHIND: Can the private sector fulfill this ambition? And why this was the wrong question

When the principle of Leave No One Behind (LNOB) was first introduced in the discussion of the United Nations (UN) Post-2015 Development Agenda – today known as Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development -, it was an opportunity to change the way we address poverty and (in)equality issues.

According to Oxfam’s calculations, in 2020 2,153 billionaires have more wealth than the 4.6 billion people who make up 60 % of the planet’s population.[1] The number of billionaires has doubled in the last ten years and the gap between rich and poor is widening. COVID-19 has accelerated this trend.

Inequality has serious negative impacts on health and health spending, on educational performance and on the work force and can lead economies to instability and to bad performance.

“Leave no one behind (LNOB) is the central, transformative promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It represents the unequivocal commitment of all UN Member States to eradicate poverty in all its forms, end discrimination and exclusion, and reduce the inequalities and vulnerabilities that leave people behind and undermine the potential of individuals and of humanity as a whole.”[2]

 

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