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.



The emergence of the right to development

The concept of “development” is fundamental to the present study. Yet few terms have been used to convey so many different notions or been subject to as many successive revisions in interpretation. Growing awareness of the complexity of the development process has served to underline the difficulty of describing it within the confines of a single definition. It is possible, nevertheless, to discern the emergence in the years leading up to this report of a strong consensus on the principal definitional elements of the term.


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