The Sustainable Recovery Lab, which took place on January 14th, was organized in conjunction with the 3rd intersessional meeting of the Human Rights Council, focusing on Human Rights and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Lab provided a platform for government, civil society, businesses, UN agencies and human rights institutions and mechanisms to discuss how to operationalise the blueprint for Sustainable Recovery provided by the 2030 Agenda, underpinned by human rights.

The Lab was co-sponsored by a broad coalition of Partners for Sustainable Recovery with a shared commitment to human rights and sustainable development. More than 370 people signed up, and around 170 participated. The event produced a number of key messages and concrete proposals.

Participants agreed to make the Sustainable Recovery the starting point for building a coalition to take the discussion and key messages forward, including under the Human Rights Council and the High-Level Political Forum. Concretely, it was recommended to launch a pledge whereby States and others would commit to using human rights and the SDGs as the blueprint for building back better in practice.