Over 300 groups call for human rights in core of post-2015 development plan
As governments meet at the United Nations this week to debate aspects of the sustainable development agenda to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2015, over 300 civil society organizations from all parts of the world have come together to demand human rights be integrated into every aspect of the new framework.
Published on International Human Rights Day, the joint statement “Human Rights for All Post-2015” (below) will be presented to the Open Working Group (OWG) on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at its 6th session later this week. It sets out 10 practical, baseline implications of embedding existing human rights standards into the core of the sustainable development agenda.
The joint statement, advanced by a caucus of human rights organizations convened by the Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR), Amnesty International and the Association for Women’s Rights in Development, is part of a series of advocacy activities in New York and across the globe to ensure that human rights are not marginalized from the operational aspects of the sustainable development agenda.
For example, the caucus will hold a side event at the UN on Friday 13 December around the OWG official session on human rights, the right to development and global governance. “Human Rights at the Core of Sustainable and Just Development” will examine the concrete implications of anchoring the four dimensions of sustainable development in existing human rights norms. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights will also convene a special session on Wednesday 11th, “More than a Vision: How to Integrate Human Rights into the Post-2015 Agenda”.
The joint statement, together with the range of events this week, are evidence of the unprecedented momentum around human rights in development debates. This year’s Human Rights Day marks twenty years since the Vienna World Conference affirmed the interconnections between human rights and development. Two decades on, the practical, substantive proposals for integrating human rights into all aspects of the future development agenda can no longer be ignored.