The Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR) has recently published a briefing paper, A Matter of Justice: securing human rights in the post-2015 sustainable development agenda.
Respect for Human Rights is a central and recurring theme in the wide-range of global consultations on the post 2015 agenda, and discussions are now focusing on what this means in practice – and how the reluctance of some states to address these concerns can be overcome.
The CESR paper analyzes how human rights principles can be reflected in practice in the new framework. It argues that these principles provide concrete guidance as to how the new goals and targets are framed; how common but differentiated responsibilities are defined; how the new commitments are implemented and resourced; how progress is measured; and how accountability for delivery of the framework can be ensured. It also argues that human rights must be recognized as the normative framework underpinning the new sustainable development goals. This is a matter of legal obligation for states, and a matter of justice for those facing impoverishment and deprivation.
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