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Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger and Ashfaq Khalfan

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199276707

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199276707.001.0001

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International Human Rights and Poverty Law in Sustainable Development

International Human Rights and Poverty Law in Sustainable Development

(p.311) 11 International Human Rights and Poverty Law in Sustainable Development
Sustainable Development Law

Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger

Ashfaq Khalfan

Oxford University Press

The need for both economic growth and social development to be treated as priorities was recognized by the international community more than fifty years ago when the United Nations Charter was adopted. An Economic and Social Council was established under the Charter to initiate studies and reports with regard to international economic, social, cultural educational, health, and related matters. This chapter signals certain key trends and issues, seeking to give a flavour for the debate including the treaties, international institutions and in some cases, domestic legal implications. There is a strong indication that a human rights approach can be helpful in addressing sustainable development issues. There is a need to ensure that sustainable development law does, indeed, make poverty eradication a centre of its analysis, an “essential pre-condition” for the realization of its goals.

Keywords:   United Nations Charter, Social Council, treaties, international institutions, human rights, sustainable development

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