Theory into practice: A new framework and proposed assessment criteria

The theory and practice of both international development and international human rights have changed dramatically since the General Assembly adopted the Declaration on the Right to Development in its resolution 41/128 in 1986. On the development side, there has been an evolution and expansion of global institutions, a transformation of relevant technologies and a significantly changing natural environment. On the human rights side, global standards and institutions have expanded; the understanding and practice of economic, social and cultural rights in particular has deepened; there has been universal reaffirmation of the interconnectedness of all human rights, including the right to development; and the United Nations and other institutions have created a growing set of tools and concepts for integrating economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights into development and anti-poverty policies and processes.

Related Subject(s): Economic and Social Development
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