What is the North Korea SDGs Portal?


This website aims to improve North Korean human rights, protect vulnerable groups in North Korea, and monitor and hold the North Korean government accountable by raising awareness on the SDGs in North Korea and and supporting the North Korean government to achieve their goal

Through the collection of data and conduction of research by the Database Center for North Korean Human Rights (NKDB), this website aims to identify priority areas for national SDG action plans and provide the North Korean government and other relevant stakeholders with concrete measures to combat exclusion and discrimination by 2030.

Why the SDGs?

The Sustainable Development Goals consist of 17 goals with 169 targets, aiming to eradicate poverty and any forms of discrimination, as well as address climate change issues. As a result of the consistent contributions made by the United Nations, including the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the international community, on September 25th, 2015, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution A/70/L.1 calling for all countries and all stakeholders to act in a collaborative partnership to implement the 2030 Agenda. Therefore, as one of the 193 United Nations member states, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea accepted the agenda "Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development."

The 2030 Agenda has its foundation in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. In other words, the principles of human rights are reflected in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets, in which both development goals and human rights are mutually integrated. According to the The Human Rights Guide to the Sustainable Development Goals, written by the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR), over 92% of the Sustainable Development Goals are reflected in the articles drafted by the international instruments. Further, the DIHR developed a website outlining the relationship between the SDGs and the United Nations Human Rights mechanisms. This research enables a diverse set of stakeholders and countries with dire human rights situations to understand the SDGs and establish monitoring criteria to evaluate improvements in the human rights situation.

How was the website created?

NKDB has created this online platform where you can look at all information on SDGs and North Korean human rights at a glance to promote a broader understanding of SDGs

  • First, the recommendations presented to North Korea during the UPR  were categorized analyzed them according to the 17 SDGs
  • Second, North Korea's official stances on the 17 SDGs were analyzed through reports submitted to the UN, state media reports and other official open sources
  • Third, testimonies from North Korean escapees were gathered and analyzed according to the 17 SDGs 
  • Fourth, reports and research published by NGOs, researchers, institutions and other stakeholders were analyzed according to the 17 SDGs

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