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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.
Human rights at the centre of development

Human rights at the centre of development

Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay and Chair of United Nations Development Group Helen Clarke affirm that human rights mainstreaming has become part of the core work of the United Nations development system.
Embracing a new paradigm for development

Embracing a new paradigm for development

A UN Human Rights Office side event on the Post-2015 Agenda held at the United Nations in New York focused on innovative and practical human rights recommendations from Member States, the UN and civil society.
Tracking progress in achieving human rights goals

Tracking progress in achieving human rights goals

The United Nations looks beyond the Millennium Development Goals set fifteen years ago and begins work on the succeeding strategies, most importantly how to assess progress in reaching the agreed targets.
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.
The factual backdrop for human rights protection and development agendas

The factual backdrop for human rights protection and development agendas

UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay says statistics promoted by her Office can bring clarity and focus to the goal of human rights implementation.
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.
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.
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.
Putting Rights First in the Global AIDS Response

Putting Rights First in the Global AIDS Response

The world comes together to chart the future course of the global AIDS response at a UN meeting in New York.
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.
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.
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.
Gender justice a must for ending poverty

Gender justice a must for ending poverty

Large numbers of women and girls are being left behind in the race to achieve the MDGs
Maternal mortality, human rights and accountability

Maternal mortality, human rights and accountability

United Nations Human rights chief Navi Pillay says that maternal mortality is often a result of the concomitant violations of key human rights principles
The Right to Health key to achieving MDGs

The Right to Health key to achieving MDGs

High Commissioner: The right to health is at the very core of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Human Rights and MDGs in Practice

Human Rights and MDGs in Practice

A new publication by the United Nations Human Rights office showcases that a human rights approach helps achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Films for human rights and development

Films for human rights and development

Film directors from different parts of the world use documentaries to draw attention to human rights and the Millennium Development Goals.
AIDS 2010: Rights Here, Right Now

AIDS 2010: Rights Here, Right Now

The largest global AIDS conference now taking place in Vienna stresses that respect for human rights is a prerequisite to a successful response to HIV.
Human Rights: Key to keeping the MDG promise of 2015

Human Rights: Key to keeping the MDG promise of 2015

States must implement the international human rights framework in order to uproot entrenched patterns of disempowerment, exclusion and discrimination
A Rights-based approach to preventing maternal death and injury

A Rights-based approach to preventing maternal death and injury

Human Rights Chief: States are obliged under international human rights law to respect, protect and fulfil human rights related to pregnancy and childbirth
Human rights key to MDG success

Human rights key to MDG success

Integrating human rights in their development strategies gives countries a better chance of achieving the Millennium Development Goals by 2015.
MDGs remain achievable through more accountability and less discrimination

MDGs remain achievable through more accountability and less discrimination

Human Rights Chief: The principles of equality, non-discrimination, accountability and participation add value to MDG strategies.

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Human rights help achieve MDGs (PDF)
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The right to development - Framework for achieving the MDGs (PDF)
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Maternal mortality is a human rights issue (PDF)
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The right to water and sanitation and the MDGs (PDF)
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How social protection can help to achieve the MDGs (PDF)
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