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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.

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Conceptualizing the right to development for the twenty-first century

There has been considerable debate as to whether the right to development can be regarded as a human right. This issue can now be taken as settled, following the achievement of consensus for the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action in 1993, which has been reaffirmed at a series of intergovernmental conferences since then. We must distinguish between recognizing the right to development as a human right—which is an undeniable fact—and the creation of legally binding obligations relating to that right—which requires a more nuanced explanation.

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