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 right to development at 25: Renewal and achievement of its potential

After 25 years, the Declaration on the Right to Development continues to seek to establish the principal attributes of the right to development as a vector of all rights; as a detector of incoherence in norms and policies on human rights, trade and development at both national and international levels; and as a framework for reinforcing the indivisibility and universality of human rights, as well as for sustainable and equitable growth. Going beyond mere human rights-based approaches to development, the right to development framework underscores the requirement for a specific and qualified process of development that must itself be a human right. Such a process constitutes the environment to which every person and all peoples are entitled.


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