Realizing the Right to Development

Essays in Commemoration of 25 Years of the United Nations Declaration on the Right to Development

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This book is devoted to the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Right to Development. It contains a collection of analytical studies of various aspects of the right to development, which include the rule of law and good governance, aid, trade, debt, technology transfer, intellectual property, access to medicines and climate change in the context of an enabling environment at the local, regional and international levels. It also explores the issues of poverty, women and indigenous peoples within the theme of social justice and equity. The book considers the strides that have been made over the years in measuring progress in implementing the right to development and possible ways forward to make the right to development a reality for all in an increasingly fragile, interdependent and ever-changing world.



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.


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