The new development framework must reaffirm and build upon the Rio principles and other international agreements in the area of development and human rights, including the International Conference on Population and Development and the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, among others. It must be based on the principles of common but differentiated responsibility and respective capacity and the right to development. It must embrace a holistic rights-based approach, be grounded on international human rights obligations, and ensure that the human rights principles of equality, equity, non-discrimination, inclusive participation and decision making, non-retrogression and progressive realization of economic and social rights, underpin its policies and practices. Such an approach ensures that the most marginalized will benefit from development and become active agents of change.
Read “Advancing a Peoples’ Agenda for Development Justice”. Civil society groups from Asia and the Pacific met in Bangkok from May 15-17, 2014 to develop regional recommendations on just and sustainable development for action at the Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development.