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Right to Development

“We, heads of State and Government, … are committed to making
the right to development a reality for everyone and to freeing
the entire human race from want.”
UN Millennium Declaration


DEVELOPMENT IS A HUMAN RIGHT FOR ALL


Feature stories

 

New global development goals must fight inequality and discrimination

New global development goals must fight inequality and discrimination

“To eradicate poverty, we must address inequality,” said UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay during a side event of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals at the United Nations headquarters in New York.
Towards a new development agenda fully grounded in human rights

Towards a new development agenda fully grounded in human rights

People from all over the world are demanding that human rights principles be a central part of the new development agenda: the challenge of how to effectively integrate human rights is a debate among the international community.
“Realizing the Right to Development” – a vision for transformative development

“Realizing the Right to Development” – a vision for transformative development

The UN Human Rights Office launches a publication, which clarifies the meaning and status of the right to development, and examines its principles, as they are applied to national development policies and governance as well as to the issues of aid, debt, trade, technology transfer, intellectual property, access to medicines, climate change and sustainable development.
Freedom from fear and want, a sustainable development imperative

Freedom from fear and want, a sustainable development imperative

The new development framework that will replace the MDGs needs to address the full range of human rights, experts say.
In difficult economic times, human rights should not be expendable

In difficult economic times, human rights should not be expendable

Human rights experts call on national and international financial institutions to integrate human rights considerations when trying to mitigate the impacts of financial and economic crises.
Governance and accountability for global development post-2015

Governance and accountability for global development post-2015

The final meeting of the Global Consultation on Governance and the Post-2015 Development Agenda identifies priority areas of governance and accountability for the framework that will replace the MDGs.
The right to peace

The right to peace

An intergovernmental working group has begun what is expected to be a long and complex negotiation aimed at drafting a UN Declaration on the Right to Peace. A first report is to be presented to the June 2013 session of the Human Rights Council.
The Human Rights Case Against Corruption

The Human Rights Case Against Corruption

Implementing human rights is the most effective means to fight corruption, said UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay.
Globalization – a paradox of perils and opportunities

Globalization – a paradox of perils and opportunities

The importance of people-centred development in an increasingly globalized world is the focus of this year’s Social Forum in Geneva.
Rio+20 and human rights on social media: “The Future We Want”

Rio+20 and human rights on social media: “The Future We Want”

On the occasion of Rio+20, the UN Human Rights Office launches a social media campaign inviting people to speak up for human rights in “The Future We Want.”
Placing human rights and development at the centre of globalization

Placing human rights and development at the centre of globalization

In an era of globalization, the UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay calls on UNCTAD XIII to ensure more participation, transparency and accountability in development.
Wanted: Human Rights in Rio

Wanted: Human Rights in Rio

Civil society and UN experts call for an inclusive, just and equitable outcome at the forthcoming United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.
People-centred Development: What the Arab Spring taught us

People-centred Development: What the Arab Spring taught us

Economic growth without decent jobs, social inclusion and fair distribution of benefits is not true development.
Putting people at the centre of development

Putting people at the centre of development

At a panel discussion to mark the 25th anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Right to Development, experts discuss ways to better integrate human rights in economics and development.
Ban urges leaders to respond to people’s calls for right to development

Ban urges leaders to respond to people’s calls for right to development

Ban Ki-moon today urged leaders to respond to people’s calls for the right to build a better future.
A new social contract needed to advance the realization of the right to development

A new social contract needed to advance the realization of the right to development

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urges the global community to negotiate a “new social contract”, to achieve the social, economic, cultural and political progress envisaged in the Declaration on the Right to Development.
Time to make right to development a reality for all, UN officials stress

Time to make right to development a reality for all, UN officials stress

Top United Nations officials today stressed the need to make the right to development a reality for everyone, everywhere.
Human rights in the trade arena

Human rights in the trade arena

Taking a stand: The importance of incorporating human rights issues into international trade rules.
Solidarity for a globally sustainable future

Solidarity for a globally sustainable future

The multiple crises currently facing the world could best be addressed by fostering international solidarity, says UN independent expert.
The right to development – who decides

The right to development – who decides

The Social Forum of the Human Rights Council meets to explore many and varied views on the way forward in making the right to development a reality for all.
A global partnership for the right to development

A global partnership for the right to development

The Human Rights Council debates the way forward as the global community marks the 25th Anniversary of the UN Declaration of the Right to Development.
Making the right to development a reality for all

Making the right to development a reality for all

A special UN panel held in Geneva focuses on the realization of the right to development and the achievement of a global partnership for development.
Putting human rights into practice through development: the Ecuadorian experience

Putting human rights into practice through development: the Ecuadorian experience

The Government of Ecuador adopts a human rights based approach to development planning.
Human rights crucial for development

Human rights crucial for development

Human rights, including the right to development, are crucial for achieving inclusive, equitable and sustainable development in the Least Developed Countries
Development is a human right for all

Development is a human right for all

Seize the opportunity of the 25th anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Right to Development to make this right a reality for all, says High Commissioner Navi Pillay.
Millions may lose access to necessary generic medicines

Millions may lose access to necessary generic medicines

The Free Trade Agreement between the EU and India may threaten access to necessary generic medicines.
Using numbers to achieve human rights goals

Using numbers to achieve human rights goals

On World Statistics Day, UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay says data enables more effective promotion, monitoring and implementation of human rights standards.
Human Rights and Trade

Human Rights and Trade

UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay calls for the international trade regime to incorporate all human rights.