A new joint statement, endorsed by 39 leading human rights and development organizations so far, calls for human rights be placed at the core of the new development agenda.
Human rights have surged to the forefront of the debate about what will succeed the Millennium Development Goals in 2015. A sustainable development framework founded in human rights can serve as an instrument for people and countries to help unseat the structural obstacles to sustainable, inclusive and just development, and stimulate implementation and enforcement of all human rights—civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, the right to development and to environmental protection.
Please join fellow activists and advocates and sign this statement urging that the post-2015 framework reflect pre-existing human rights legal norms, standards and political commitments to which governments have already voluntarily agreed. International human rights, environmental and humanitarian law, the Millennium Declaration, as well as related international consensus documents agreed in Rio, Vienna, Cairo, Beijing, Monterrey and Copenhagen and their follow-up agreements must form its non-negotiable normative base.