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Human Rights and Economic and Social Development

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If one follow the journey of the Rights of Man, as presented by Professor Henkin one can make the following assertions about the two topics: human rights and economic and social development. This chapter deals with the eight quantitative and time-bound development goals-the so-called Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)-which form part of the Declaration. Next to the belief that human rights can help in poverty reduction is a deep belief that human rights should shape the globalizing world. The chapter looks at human rights and globalization. A strand of reasoning in the human rights movement is that there should be convergence in the impact of the principle of equality in international human rights law and international trade law. The implementation of the right to development is an active part of the human rights program. The chapter examines how does the right to development relate to the least developed countries (LDCs).

Keywords: economic development; international human rights law; international trade law; least developed countries (LDCs); Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); poverty reduction; social development



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