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Welcome to HuRiLink

The HuriLink WebPortal is an on-line tool which presents the experiences and challenges that practitioners face when striving to link human rights and the Millennium Development Goals in their work.

It is a resource that has been developed by practitioners, for practitioners in response to a growing demand for more guidance and practical experiences in this area. While intended for a UN-wide audience, the webportal will be particularly relevant for development practitioners. Featuring lessons learned, common challenges, tools and resources, strategies and approaches, HuriLink is intended to inspire and support (UN) practitioners linking human rights and the MDGs in practice. The HuriLink Webportal is meant as a dynamic and interactive tool that will be updated regularly in response to your input and feedback.

More about HuriLink and its Features

HurLink stands for linking human rights into development practice. It has been developed by the UNDP Oslo Governance Centre and is the first series of interactive tools developed for practitioners to guide them in better making the links between human rights and development in their work

A Primer: Human Rights and the MDGs- Making the Link has been developed in conjunction with this webportal. It provides a conceptual overview of the links between human rights and the MDGs and explores the key questions that practitioners face in this area. The Primer and webportal have been developed as complementary tools that provide conceptual and practical guidance on linking human rights and the MDGs. Download PDF

“Human rights are not a luxury that exist only after a certain level of development is achieved; instead they are integral to achieving the Millenium Development Goals”
- Kemal Dervis, UNDP Administrator

“Strategies to achieve the MDGs must be grounded in the internationally recognized human rights to which all countries have subscribed"”
- Louise Arbour, High Commissioner for Human Rights
(View entire statement on MDG halfway mark.)

What are
Human Rights?

Human rights are the rights possessed by all persons, by virtue of their common humanity, to live a life of freedom and dignity. They are universal - they are the same for everyone everywhere. They are inalienable - they cannot be taken away or given up. And they are indivisible - there is no hierarchy among rights. Learn more at the United Nations website for Human Rights, or the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.


What are the Millenium Development Goals?

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are eight goals to be achieved by 2015 that respond to the world's main development challenges. The MDGs are drawn from the actions and targets contained in the Millennium Declaration that was adopted by 189 nations-and signed by 147 heads of state and governments during the UN Millennium Summit in September 2000. Learn more at the UNDP website for the Millennium Development Goals.


Linking Human Rights and the Millennium Development Goals

Human rights provide an important contribution to achieving the MDGs. They can help ensure the Goals are pursued in an equitable, just and sustainable manner. Human rights also add an unassailable normative framework that grounds development work within a universal set of values. Linking MDGs and human rights, helps us stay true to the spirit and vision of the Millennium Declaration, which places human rights at the heart of efforts to achieve human development.