What are the human rights priorities of world governments in 2017?

by the URG team Blog, International human rights institutions, mechanisms and processes

‘Discrimination’ (racism, xenophobia and religious intolerance); ‘human rights, the Sustainable Development Goals and the right to development;’ the rights of migrants and refugees; prevention; the ‘Implementation Agenda;’ violent extremism, radicalisation and terrorism; and women’s rights; among most frequently referenced subjects during 2017 high-level segment of the Human Rights Council High-level segments (HLS) of the UN Human Rights Council (Council), held …

Human Rights and the Sustainable Development Goals

In 1986, Member States of the United Nations proclaimed the ‘Declaration on the Right to Development.’ The Declaration stated that everyone is ‘entitled to participate in, contribute to, and enjoy economic, social, cultural and political development, in which all human rights and fundamental freedoms can be fully realized.’ The Declaration also confirms that ‘States have the duty to cooperate with …

Breaking the accountability taboo in the post-2015 negotiations

by Kate Donald and the URG team Blog, Contemporary and emerging human rights issues

Late last month at the UN, representatives of all member states gathered to discuss how they would review and monitor progress once implementation of the post-2015 sustainable development agenda begins. For the members of the  Post-2015 Human Rights Caucus , pursuing accountability for post-2015 commitments is a priority, given its centrality to human rights practice and the stark  failure to promote accountability in the context of the MDGs . Therefore members of the Caucus – and many …

Connecting the pillars: Human Rights and the post-2015 agenda

by Naiara Costa and the URG team Blog, By invitation, Contemporary and emerging human rights issues

If you follow the work of the United Nations (UN) you may have already discovered that 2015 seems to be the year for the ‘development’ pillar of the organisation. Three main agreements are expected to be adopted until the end of the year and the complexity of the negotiations are increased by the interconnectedness amongst them. The first agreement is …

Post-2015 Human Rights Caucus response to the UN Secretary-General’s Synthesis Report

by the Post-2015 Human Rights Caucus Blog, Contemporary and emerging human rights issues

The Post-2015 Human Rights Caucus – a broad coalition of development, environmental, feminist, trade union and human rights organizations worldwide, which the Universal Rights Group is proud to be a member of – had produced the following response to the United Nations Secretary-General’s Report “The Road to Dignity by 2030: Ending Poverty, Transforming All Lives and Protecting the Planet” (The ‘Synthesis Report’): “We warmly …

Civil society reacts to the Secretary-General’s post-2015 SDG report

by the URG team Prensa

Beyond 2015  – a global civil society campaign which the URG is proud to be a part of – has published a reaction paper to the UN Secretary General’s synthesis report, The road to dignity by 2030: ending poverty, transforming all lives and protecting the planet , an important contribution to the post-2015 process. In the reaction paper, Beyond2015 provides a review of the Secretary General’s broader call for an ambitious, universal agenda, with equality and equity, participation, people and planet at the …

Ban’s attempt to place human rights as a pillar in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

by Subhas Gujadhur Blog

World leaders have called for an ambitious long-term sustainability agenda to succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) at the end of 2015. The post-2015 development agenda is expected to address the unfinished business of the MDGs. Requested by UN Member States to pull together inputs from all strands on the post-2015 development agenda, the UN Secretary General presented on 4 …

Global Civil Society Statement: “No target met unless met for all”

by the URG team Prensa

The Universal Rights Group has joined over 270 organisations – representing over 3,000 organisations globally – in calling on the UN Secretary General to make sure that inequality is fully addressed is his upcoming Synthesis Report. GLOBAL CIVIL SOCIETY STATEMENT: NO TARGET MET UNLESS MET FOR ALL “Inequalities are not an inevitable outcome of development progress. If we are to …

A call for measurable human rights targets in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

by Subhas Gujadhur Blog, Contemporary and emerging human rights issues

        “Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.”         – Albert Einstein   This week UN Member States will consider the “zero draft” of goals and targets entitled ‘Introduction and Proposed Goals and Targets on Sustainable Development for the Post 2015 Development Agenda” which has been …

Post 2015 Development Agenda – Global Governance and the Right to Food

by Subhas Gujadhur Blog, Contemporary and emerging human rights issues

In 2000, the U.N. Millennium Summit declared that halving the proportion of people who suffer from hunger between 1990 and 2015 is a key Millennium Development Goal. Also in 2000, the U.N. Commission on Human Rights appointed a Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food in order to “respond fully to the necessity for an integrated and coordinated approach in …