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 high-level task force criteria

From the earliest formulations of the right to development, the value of indicators or criteria for measuring progress has been recognized. The Secretary-General mentioned indicators in his 1979 report (E/CN.4/1334) and the 1990 Global Consultation on the Right to Development as a Human Right stressed “the need for criteria or indicators for evaluating progress” (E/CN.4/1990/9/Rev.1, para. 133), stating clearly that “[t]he formulation of criteria for measuring progress in the realization of the right to development will be essential for the success of future efforts to implement that right” (ibid., para. 171).


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