Human Rights and Post-2015 Development Agenda
"The litmus test of development is the degree to which any strategies and interventions satisfy the legitimate demands of the people for freedom from fear and want, for a voice in their own societies, and for a life of dignity."
Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
High Commissioner's Open Letter on Human Rights and the Post-2015 Agenda
Human rights are essential to achieving and sustaining development. The Millennium Declaration, adopted by all the world’s leaders in 2000 recognized the link between human rights and development. The UN General Assembly’s High-level Plenary Meeting on the MDGs in 2010 (The MDGs Summit) reaffirmed that common fundamental values, including freedom, equality, solidarity, tolerance, respect for all human rights, respect for nature and shared responsibility, are essential for achieving the MDGs.
The commitment was reaffirmed by Member States in the 2012 Rio+20 Conference, where states emphasized their responsibilities “to respect, protect and promote human rights and fundamental freedoms for all, without distinction of any kind as to race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth, disability or other status”. They also stressed the need to reduce inequalities as well as foster social inclusion and acknowledged that democracy, good governance and the rule of law, at the national and international levels, are “essential for sustainable development, including sustained and inclusive economic growth, social development, environmental protection and the eradication of poverty and hunger.” Read more…
Publications and background information on human rights and the post-2015 development agenda.
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Events and meetings held in conjunction with the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
Stories on human rights and the Millennium Development Goals and the work of the UN Human Rights Office to mainstream a rights-based approach to development