A Human Rights Perspective on MDGs and Beyond
The UN approach to poverty eradication emphasizes a rights-based approach to development, including civil and political rights. Human development and human rights are essentially two sides of the same coin, mutually supportive of a common agenda to eradicate poverty in its many manifestations. Human rights provide the agreed normative standards for the achievements of the MDGs, and the MDGs support the progressive realisation of human rights. This report documents the proceedings of the high level dialogue held in September 2005 between various government ministries, UN agencies, civil society and the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM) which raised awareness of the relations between human rights and the MDGs.