Policy paper

Leaving no one behind: Our promise

Promise made by governments, civil society and businesses at the UK government's Leave No One Behind event on 27 September 2015 at the United Nations General Assembly.



At the 3-day UN Summit to adopt the Global Goals, Prime Minister David Cameron brought together world leaders, NGOs and business representatives for an event focused on the global promise to ‘Leave No One Behind’.

In September 2015, world leaders adopted the Global Goals which frame development for the next 15 years. The Global Goals focus on equity and universality in order to ensure that the furthest behind are reached and that no one is left behind. In order to track progress at the national, regional and global level, a large amount of high quality, timely and disaggregated data is needed. Low Income Countries must be supported to build their statistical capacity in order to increase the availability of good data. While it may be complex and costly, it will not be possible to realise and evidence delivery of the Global Goals without significant improvements in the gathering, analysis and use of disaggregated data. The action plan above sets out the steps which will be taken to ensure this happens.

Published 24 November 2015
Last updated 6 March 2019 + show all updates
  1. Inclusive Data Charter Action Plan added

  2. DFID Data Disaggregation Action Plan: Better Data for Better Lives, added

  3. First published.