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Measuring human rights to support sustainable development
Measuring human rights to support sustainable development
Traditional data collection has seldom been able to support inequality reduction policies to benefit the most vulnerable. A human rights-based approach to data can help States attain the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.
8 April 2016
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.
13 February 2014
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.
14 January 2014
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.
12 November 2013
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.
27 September 2013
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.
2 August 2013
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.
11 July 2013
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.
27 May 2013
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.
5 April 2013
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.
10 October 2012
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.”
6 June 2012
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.
11 May 2012
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.
2 May 2012
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.
27 March 2012
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.
25 October 2011
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.
19 October 2011
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.
8 June 2011
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.
31 May 2011
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.
24 February 2011
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.
20 October 2010
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.
28 September 2010
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
22 September 2010
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
3 September 2010
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).
30 August 2010
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).
25 August 2010
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.
20 August 2010
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.
19 July 2010
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
2 July 2010
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
17 June 2010
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.
15 June 2010
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.
28 May 2010

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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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