Post Rio + 20 Human Rights and Development
"Navi Pillay", UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
"The litmus test of development is the degree to which any strategies and interventions satisfy the legitimate demands of the people for freedom from fear and want, for a voice in their own societies, and for a life of dignity.
Human rights are essential to achieving and sustaining development. The Millennium Declaration, adopted by all the world’s leaders in 2000 recognized the link between human rights and development. The UN General Assembly’s High-level Plenary Meeting on the MDGs in 2010 (The MDGs Summit) reaffirmed that common fundamental values, including freedom, equality, solidarity, tolerance, respect for all human rights, respect for nature and shared responsibility, are essential for achieving the MDGs.
The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) was an action-oriented
conference, where all stakeholders, including Major Groups, the UN System/IGOs, and Member States were invited to make commitments focusing on delivering concrete results for sustainable development on a voluntary basis. All organizers of side events at Rio+20 were also strongly encouraged to register commitments as part of the outcomes of their side events.
By the end of the Conference, over 700 voluntary commitments were announced and compiled into an online registry managed by the Rio+20 Secretariat, initiating a new bottom-up approach towards the advancement of sustainable development. As mandated by the Conference outcome, this registry of commitments will continue to welcome registrations and to deliver transparent and accessible information to the follow-up process. All commitments to be registered should be specific, measurable, funded, new (or extension of an existing commitment) and should cover at least one of the below sustainable development areas. In order to facilitate periodic reporting on progress of implementation, it is important that at least one tangible deliverable is specified, along with the estimated timeline for completion. Resources devoted to the delivery of commitments should also be specified, including financing, staff or technical expertise, and in-kind contribution. Please refer to the attached screenshots for further information. Kindly note that the United Nations reserve full rights to review the information submitted for accuracy and relevance to sustainable development. Sustainable Development Areas
Green Jobs and Social Inclusion
Natural Disaster Preparedness
Sustainable Consumption and Production
Biodiversity, Forests and other Ecosystems
Oceans and Seas, SIDS
Chemicals and Waste
SD Strategies and Policies
Technology and Innovation
SD economics, finance and trade
Land Degradation and Desertification
Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture
Measuring SD progress (through indicators)
Public awareness and communications on SD
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UN Charter "Peace and Security"
United Nations is an international organization whose stated aims are facilitating cooperation in international law, international security, economic development, social progress, human rights, and achievement of world peace. The UN was founded in 1945 after World War II to replace the League of Nations, to stop wars between countries, and to provide a platform for dialogue. It contains multiple subsidiary organizations to carry out its missions.
There are currently 192 member states, including nearly every sovereign state in the world. From its offices around the world, the UN and its specialized agencies decide on substantive and administrative issues in regular meetings held throughout the year. The organization has six principal organs: the General Assembly (the main deliberative assembly); the Security Council (for deciding certain resolutions for peace and security); the Economic and Social Council (for assisting in promoting international economic and social cooperation and development); the Secretariat (for providing studies, information, and facilities needed by the UN); the International Court of Justice (the primary judicial organ); and the United Nations Trusteeship Council (which is currently inactive). Other prominent UN System agencies include the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Food Programme (WFP) and United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). The UN's most visible public figure is the Secretary-General, currently Ban Ki-moon of South Korea, who attained the post in 2007. The organization is financed from assessed and voluntary contributions from its member states, and has six official languages: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), English, French, Russian, and Spanish.