Sustainable Development Goals
The South Programme contributes to achieving and implementing the United Nations' 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially SDG 16, SDG 5, SDG 3, SDG 4 and SDG 8.
Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
In particular target 5: "Strengthen the prevention and treatment of substance abuse, including narcotic drug abuse and harmful use of alcohol."
This goal will be supported through the promotion of relevant conventions such as the Council of Europe Convention on the counterfeiting of medical products and similar crimes involving threats to public health (MEDICRIME) and through actions aimed at the implementation of human rights-based drug policies supported within the framework of the Mediterranean network for co-operation on drugs and addictions of the Pompidou Group (MedNET).
Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
In particular target 7: "By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development."
It will be supported notably through the Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals (HELP) Programme.
Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
In particular targets:
- 1: "End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere."
- 2: "Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation."
This is achieved through the intervention of the Programme on combating violence against women and notably the outreach of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention). In addition, the programme will follow a gender mainstreaming approach through appropriate implementation tools. The Council of Europe has namely developed a Gender Mainstreaming Toolkit for the implementation of co-operation projects.
Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
In particular target 7: "Take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour, including recruitment and use of child soldiers, and by 2025 end child labour in all its forms."
For example, through the promotion of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings, which is a ground-breaking and comprehensive instrument for all actions to combat trafficking in human beings.
Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
In particular targets:
- 1: "Significantly reduce all forms of violence and related death rates everywhere."
- 2: "End abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children."
- 3: "Promote the rule of law at the national and international levels and ensure equal access to justice for all."
- 10: "Ensure public access to information and protect fundamental freedoms, in accordance with national legislation and international agreements."
- A: "Strengthen relevant national institutions, including through international co-operation, for building capacity at all levels, in particular in developing countries, to prevent violence and combat terrorism and crime."
- B: "Promote and enforce non-discriminatory laws and policies for sustainable development."
Most of the actions of the South Programme aim to support efficiently functioning institutions, their transparency and their accountability. Moreover, “access to justice for all” is an important objective and reference for a number of Council of Europe conventions open to non-member states (for instance, on fighting trafficking in human beings, violence against women and domestic violence, sexual exploitation of children).