Leaving no one behind: Why human rights matter for the post-2015 agenda
DIE-ZEF Public Lecture
Center for Development Research (ZEF) and the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)
Events of the last few years, especially recently in the Middle East, have demonstrated that non-inclusive governance leads to frustration and bloodshed, creating an environment where the use of force becomes an inevitable route for settling grievances. In setting the agenda beyond 2015, it is crucial that such concerns are reflected in any planning process, especially as weakening resources add further impetus to a culture of human insecurity. While the human rights agenda, with its emphasis on ‘the inherent dignity and worth of every individual’ would seem ideally suited to providing the intellectual ballast to this process, it too has failed to serve those in the Bottom Billion. This lecture explored such issues, and argued that any successful global planning process beyond 2015 needs to hardwire access to resources for groups in vulnerable positions as a primary step towards the creation of conflict-free societies.
Speaker: Joshua Castellino, Professor of Law and Dean of the School of Law, Middlesex University London, and Leadership Council member in the global Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)
Discussant: Anna-Katharina Hornidge, Director and Professor, ZEF
Moderator: Jan Börner, Jr. Professor, ZEF
Joshua Castellino’s expertise in these fields is reflected by his appointment as Co-Chair of the SDSN Thematic Group on ”Challenges of Social Inclusion: Gender, Inequalities and Human Rights”.