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Seven Key Elements on Building Human Rights-Based Narratives on Migrants and Migration

Around the world, today some 272 million people are international migrants. People who have left their country in search of a life of dignity, opportunity and safety. Every person who migrates has their own reasons for leaving behind homes and families, and every one of these people has their own unique experiences along the journey, their own personal story of exile and belonging.

But these stories often remain hidden, much like the many migrants themselves who are compelled to endure a life in the shadows of our societies, prevented from enjoying the rights and freedoms so many take for granted.

Human Rights in the 2030 Agenda

The 2030 Agenda is firmly anchored in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the international human rights treaties. Both Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and human rights are universal, interrelated and indivisible and are to be realised for everyone, everywhere.

Integrating Human Rights into the Voluntary National Review

Human rights data, analysis and recommendations can strengthen the Voluntary National Review (VNR) by addressing issues such as inequality, discrimination, accountability, rule of law, participation, and inclusion, and can support reporting on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that have corresponding human rights (e.g. water, health, housing), help in identifying groups at risk of being left behind and ways of effectively addressing their situation.

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