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Sustainable development is a development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Sustainable development is advanced as the answer of achieving a more equitable balance and synergic relationship between social, environmental and economic needs. It is a holistic approach that considers social, ecological and economic dimensions, recognizing that all must be considered together to find lasting prosperity. According to that, sustainable development law has been described as an intersection between three fields of international law: international environmental law, international economic law and international human rights law. In this paper the relationship between human rights and sustainable development is explored. The notion of social equity is taking into consideration when analyzing the rights – based approach to sustainable development. Social equity refers to a fair and just distribution of economic and environmental costs and benefits, community services like health care and education, the ability to participate in decision-making processes. Applying social equity means paying attention to disadvantaged group in society: women, youth and children, the elderly, indigenous groups and ethnic minorities. In considering the relationship between human rights and sustainable development, the best starting point is the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development. At the center of the Agenda are the sustainable development goals (SDGs), a set of 17 goals and 169 targets across social, economic and environmental areas of sustainable development. The 2030 Agenda for sustainable development is grounded in human rights. The 17 SDGs directly or indirectly reflect human rights standards. When analyzing the human rights anchorage of each sustainable development goal and its corresponding targets, an interrelated web appears: 92% of the 169 SDGs targets are linked to international human rights instruments (such as the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), the International Convention on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), as well as other international and regional instruments and documents relating to human rights). In other words, the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development and human rights are interwoven and inextricably tied together. The respect for and enforcement of human rights is a precondition for sustainable development. That implies that without acknowledging and acting to defend the rights of people, sustainable development is not possible. On the one hand, human rights provide guidance and a legally-binding framework for tackling the multidimensional goals of the 2030 Agenda. On the other hand, the SGDs can serve as a results-oriented roadmap for the realization of human rights. Keywords: sustainable development, human rights, goals, 2030 Agenda.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Scientific Fields (Frascati) > Social Sciences > Economics and Business
Scientific Fields (Frascati) > Humanities > Other humanities
Scientific Fields (Frascati) > Social Sciences > Other social sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality
Depositing User: Mr Bojan Sekulovski
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2019 11:35
Last Modified: 24 Mar 2020 14:58

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