Mainstreaming children's rights in sustainable development

On 31 August 2017, Karin Arts (ISS Professor of International Law and Development) delivered a very well attended staff development briefing at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva.

Invited by the Staff Development Team and Mrs. Shyami Puvimanasinghe of the Right to Development Section, Karin addressed the topic The Sustainable Development Goals and the Right to Development: A Child Rights Focus.

She explained how in her analysis the right to development is a crucial conceptualization, taking ‘development’ out of the realms of charity and needs-based approaches and into the spheres of entitlement, rights-based approaches and accountability.

After having justified her particular focus on children and young people in ‘development’, Karin then positioned the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as instruments that operationalize important elements of the Right to Development agenda and do so in a relatively child-focused manner. Thus, the SDGs make a significant contribution to the much-needed mainstreaming of children’s rights in sustainable development efforts.

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