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Who will be Accountable? Human Rights and the Post-2015 Development Agenda


01 May 2013



This joint OHCHR-Center for Economic and Social Rights publication focuses on the question of accountability, understood from a human rights perspective. It identifies two key weaknesses that have undermined the effectiveness of the current Millennium Development Goal framework in helping to fulfil the rights and aspirations of those living in poverty. The first is that neither the Goals nor the plans for implementing them have been adequately framed in human rights terms. This has meant that States’ pre-existing human rights commitments have been overlooked and undercut in both the design and the delivery of the Goals. A second related weakness is that of accountability. The Goals represent perhaps the most serious global commitment ever made to eradicating the scourge of poverty. In practice, however, robust mechanisms have not been put in place to hold States and others to account for what they have done to fulfil these pledges and to answer to the millions of people who continue to suffer avoidable deprivation as a consequence. The publication will be of interest to Member States, policymakers, development practitioners, human rights and civil society organizations and all those striving for a more just and sustainable global development agenda.


Published jointly by OHCHR with the Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR)

Print format:

B5 soft cover