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At the United Nations

 The High-Level Event of the General Assembly on “Contributions of Human Rights and the Rule of Law in the Post-2015 Development Agenda” took place in New York on 9 -10 June 2014.

Post-2015 Development Agenda

The UN System Task Team was established by the UN Secretary-General to support system-wide preparations for the post-2015 UN development agenda, in consultation with all stakeholders, including Member States, civil society, academia and the private sector.

It supports the multi-stakeholder consultations being led by Member States on a post-2015 global development agenda, by providing analytical inputs, expertise and outreach.

Reports of the UN System Task Team on the Post-2015 Development Agenda:


Post-2015 Reports

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The United Nations Development Strategy Beyond 2015 - Committee for Development Policy
This policy note suggests a general contour of a transformative framework with a broader, more nuanced and context specific development strategies which are required to make the vision expressed in the Millennium Declaration to be fully realised.


Books & Reports

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Promoting the Rule of Law in Post-Conflict States - Laura Grenfell
Publication Date: 2013
Using two different case studies, South Africa and Timor-Leste, this book discusses the efforts by the international community to establish rule of law where traditionally customary law is prevalent. Promoting the Rule of Law provides insight into the relationship between the rule of law and legal pluralism.

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The Legal Nature of International Human Rights - Michael K. Addo
Publication Date: 2010
This book argues that the legalisation of human rights is an unplanned and evolving social construct that continues under the managerial oversight of international human rights courts and treaty bodies which employ the primary tool of treaty interpretation.

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Rights and Legal Empowerment in Eradicating Poverty - Dan Banik
Publication Date: 2008
How best to improve the position of the world's poorest people remains one of the major issues facing the human species. This book investigates the role that legal empowerment and rights (including human rights) can play in tackling poverty and enabling poor people in developing countries to take action to improve their positions.

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International Development Law: Rule of Law, Human Rights and Global Finance - Rumu Sarkar
ISBN: 9780195398281
Publication Date: 2009
This book discusses the interconnection between the Rule of Law, Human Rights and Global Finance within the broader topic of International Development Law. It also addresses questions such as how do Rule of Law programs act as catalysts for structural change and protection of human rights in development.


Peerenboom, Randall. Human Rights and the Rule of Law: What's the Relationship? Georgetown Journal of International Law. Vol. 36, iss. 3 (2010). p.809-905.

Tolbert, David and Andrew Solomon. United Nations Reform and Supporting the Rule of Law in Post-Conflict Societies. Harvard Human Rights Journal. Vol. 19 (2006) p. 29-62.


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    Hague Journal on the Rule of Law
    The journal aims to deepen and broaden the knowledge of the rule of law and its relation to economic growth, poverty reduction, promotion of democracy, protection of human rights and geopolitical stability.

    Human Rights Quarterly
    Written for both specialists and non-specialists, Human Rights Quarterly provides up-to-date information on important developments within the United Nations and regional human rights organizations, both governmental and non-governmental.



    This guide is intended to provide delegates and UN Secretariat Staff with selected content from both UN and non-UN sources on the topic.

    It references third-party web sites, books and articles. It does not imply the endorsement of the content by the United Nations.


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    Books and articles can be accessed online within the UN Headquarters.

    Articles can be delivered to permanent mission by e-mail upon request.


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