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For Linking Human Rights and the MDGs

Human Rights and the MDGs: Making the Link , UNDP (2007)

Linking Human Rights with the United Nations Millennium Declaration and Millennium Development Goals, UNDP Philippines (2006).

Matrix Linking individual MDGs to Human Rights Standards in International Law, OHCHR

 

For Human Rights Programming For MDG Programming

Guide on Indicators for Human Rights Based Approaches to Development-A Users' Guide, UNDP Oslo Governance Centre/HURIST (2006)

FAQ on a Human Rights Based Approach toDevelopment, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (2006)

Applying a Human Rights-Based Approach to UNDP Technical Cooperation, UNDP (2005)

Poverty Reduction and Human Rights, UNDP Practice Note (2005)

UNDP Training Manual on Human Rights and Human Development (2001)

UNDP’s Policy on Integrating Human Rights with Sustainable Human Development(1998)

Resource Database on Rights-Based Approaches to Development for Development Practitioners in Asia-Pacific

Localizing the MDGs for Effective Integrated Local Development: An Overview of Practices and Lessons Learned

Social Statistics for Reports on Human Development and Millennium Development Goals: Challenges and Constraints

How-to-Guide on MDG-based National Development Strategies

International Instruments

Millennium Declaration

United Nations Common Understanding on Human Rights Based Approach to Development Cooperation (2003)

UN Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (see also Human Rights Treaty Database)

Principles relating to the Status of National Institutions (The Paris Principles)

UN Declaration on the Right to Development

Reports, Statements and Commissioned Papers

TheUN Secretary General’s Road MapTowards Implementation of the UN Millennium Declaration of 2001 states human rights should be at the centre of peace, security and development programmes.

The subsequent UN Secretary General’s Report, Strengthening of the United Nations: An Agenda for Further Change stated that ‘promotion and protection of human rights is a bedrock requirement for realization of the Charter’s vision of a just and peaceful world.’

The UN Secretary General’s In Larger Freedom Report of 2005, the Secretary-General of the United Nations reinforced the link between the MDGs and human rights.

The Millennium Development Goals and Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: A Joint Statement by the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the UN Commission on Human Rights’ Special Rapporteurs on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights”: (UN CESCR & UN Special Rapporteurs, November 2002), encourages operationalizing the link between human rights and MDGs in reporting procedures, the construction of targets and indicators, and in thematic rapporteuring.

Achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for Minorities: a Review of MDG Country Reports and Poverty Reduction Strategies, Report of the independent expert on minority issues (March 15 2006)

Human Rights Perspective on the Millennium Development Goals, Paper by Special Adviser to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on the MDGs for the Millennium Project Task Force on Poverty and Economic Development

MDGs and the Right to Development: Issues, Constraints and Challenges, Expert Report to OHCHR (2004)

‘Minority and Indigenous Peoples’ Rights in the Millennium Development Goals’, Minority Rights Group International.

Gender, the Millennium Development Goals, and Human Rights in the context of the 2005 review processes; Report for the Gender and Development Network

Women’s rights and the millennium development goals, Keynote address by the Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, International Conference: Gender Mainstreaming and the MDGs, Islamabad, Pakistan, 28 March 2005

Roundtable dialogue on building state capacity to meet the MDGs: human rights, governance, institutions and human resources, Ms. Mehr Khan Williams Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, New York, 29 June 2005

Bringing human rights to bear on strategies to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, Ms Mehr Khan Williams, United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Dublin, Saturday, 11 June 2005

Localizing the MDGs for Effective Integrated Local Development: An Overview of Practices and Lessons Learned

Operationalizing Human Rights-Based Approaches to Poverty Reduction, Interim Report on the UNDP Pilot Project (April 2007)

Case Studies and Lessons Learned

Local Plans to achieve the Millennium Development Goals: The added value of the Human Rights Approach in Strategies to Combat Poverty; lessons learned and compiled by UNDP Argentina through their experiences in the pilot project, Operationalizing a Human Rights Based Approach to Poverty Reduction. (The report is also avaliable in the original Spanish)

Localizing the MDGs for Effective Integrated Local Development: An Overview of Practices and Lessons Learned (2006); a UNDP study that compiles best practices and lessons learned in localizing the Millennium Development Goals

Applying a Human Rights-Based Approach and Mainstreaming Gender in Local Development Programming and Implementation; materials, case studies and summary report of the joint meeting between Communities of Practice for Gender, Human Rights, and Local Governance and Decentralization, held at the UNDP Regional Centre for Europe and the CIS in June 2006.

Good Practices from the 2005 UN Development Assistance Frameworks; three examples of United Nations Development Assistance Frameworks that reflect a human rights-based approach, according to the OHCHR.

How to Effectively Link MDGs and Human Rights in Development? ; summary of a virtual discussion among development practitioners, hosted by Huritalk and MDG-net from April to June 2006, and which formed the basis on which work for the HuRiLink webportal was initiated.

Literature and Conference Summaries

Alston, Phillip, (2005) 'Ships Passing in the Night: The Current State of the Human Rights and Development Debate Seen Through the Lens of the Millennium Development Goals', Human Rights Quarterly, vol. 27, pgs755-829.

Azzam, Fateh, (2005) ‘Reflections on Human Rights Approaches to Implementing the Millennium Development Goals’, International Journal of Human Rights, Year 2, Number 2.

Jahan, Selim, (2004) ‘Human Rights-Based Approach to Poverty Reduction – Analytical Linkages, Practical Work and UNDP’, UNDP.

Maxwell, S., Archer R. (2005) ‘Human Rights and the Millennium Development Goals: contradictory frameworks?’, in “Human Rights and Poverty Reduction: Realities Controversies and Strategies” a meeting report of the Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

Shetty, Salil, (2005) ‘Millennium Declaration and Development Goals: Opportunities for Human Rights’, International Journal of Human Rights, Year 2, Number 2.

Human Rights Perspective on the Millennium Development Goals (Conference Report), Centre for Human Rights and Global Justice, Millennium Project, 2003.

Expert Seminar on Ecuador’s National Strategy for Human Development within the Framework of the MDGs and with a Focus on Human Rights, Comprehensive Conference Results and Documents including compilations of Human Rights instruments in Spanish, UNDP Ecuador (2006, Spanish only).

Linking MDGs and Human Rights: Theoretical and Practical Implications, Summary Report of the Working Group Meeting held at the UNDP Oslo Governance Centre, 18-19 September, 2006

Web Sites

The United Nations Millennium Project

Millennium Campaign

Human Rights @ the United Nations

MDGs @ the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

MDGs @ the World Bank

MDGs and Human Rights @ the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Humnan Rights Based Approach @ UNDP Regional Centre in Bangkok

Human Rights and Development @OECD Development Assistance Committee

Action 2 Programme

UN Habitat

MDG GenderNet

International Human Rights Instrument Database

ESCR-NET Case Law Database