LGBTQI in the 2030 Agenda


Discrimination and violence hinder LGBTQI people's access to work and education and make them more likely to live in poverty. This obstructs the fulfilment of the 2030 Agenda and the achievement of a socially, economically and ecologically sustainable world. On this page, we have gathered resources for those of you who want to learn more about how we can include LGBTQI people and why we cannot reach a sustainable world without the inclusion of LGBTQI people.

Did you know that RFSL was the only LGBTQI organisation consulted in the development of the 2030 Agenda? We have a long experience of working with LGBTQI people and sustainable development. In order to share this knowledge, we have created several publications where you can learn more about what you can do to ensure that no one is left behind. The information on this page is relevant to activists, civil society and government officials alike.

For all

In this thorough report you’ll find information about what sustainable development and the 2030 Agenda are, how this connects to LGBTQI people and which issues are of extra relevance to the group.

Tip! Check out Appendix A, where you can find a full overview of the goals relevant to LGBTQI people, brief information about the challenges the group faces in relation to the goal and what we can do to adress this.

Download For all (PDF, new tab).

Leveraging human rights and the 2030 Agenda to advance LGBTQI rights

RFSL and the Danish institute for human rights have written a report together, where we show the connection between human rights, the 2030 Agenda and the challenges LGBTQI people face.

The report also contains recommendation for governments, civil society and activists on what each actor can do to ensure that the human rights of LGBTQI people are respected and included in the work with the 2030 Agenda.

Download the report here (PDF, new tab).

LGBTQI people in goal 3, 4, 5, 8 and 16

In these three short policy briefs we discuss each goal in relation to LGBTQI people. The goals are: goal 4, quality education, goal 5, gender equality, and goal 16, peace, justice and strong institutions. You’ll also get examples of specific examples of challenges LGBTQI people face in relation to each goal, and suggestions for counter-measures.

Our policy briefs are extra relevant to activists and people working in civil society.

You can find all our policy briefs here.

Guiding principles

RFSL has developed guiding principles regarding LGBTQI inclusion in the work with sustainable development. The guiding principles are for you who in some capacity work with the 2030 Agenda and sustainable development, but also for people who want to use the SDGs in their advocacy.

Download our Guiding principles here (PDF, new tab).

Do you want to learn more about the SDGs? Vill du läsa ännu mer om de globala målen? You can find a list of all the goals here.