Working Together: Human Rights and the Sustainable Development Goals
This project is led by Professor Sandra Fredman FBA, QC (hon). A report will be launched at the British Academy in the autumn of 2018.
We are at a crucial moment at the start of the fifteen-year cycle to link the well-established human rights machinery with the UN development agenda. This British Academy report will examine how best human rights can be harnessed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and simultaneously, how the Sustainable Development Goals can be harnessed to advance the fulfilment of human rights. The report will focus primarily on SDG 5, namely the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls.
Other project outputs include:
- Brenda Kelly: When the Law is Not Enough: International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM
- Marta Rodriguez de Assis Machado: Conservative Mobilisation in Latin America and its Impacts on Women's and Adolescents' Human Rights
- Jaakko Kuosmanen: Taking the Backseat? Strategic Utilisation of Human RIghts in the Implementation of SDGs
- Camilla Pickles: Gaining More from Human Rights: Access to Health Care and Surviving Childbirth is not Enough
Navigating Inclusion in Peace Settlements: Human Rights and the Creation of the Common Good
In 2017 the British Academy produced a report, authored by Professor Christine Bell FBA, on Navigating Inclusion in Peace Settlements: Human Rights and the Creation of the Common Good. It is available for download here.
The report points to ways in which peace agreements based on compromise and without a clear pre-commitment to the common good tend to institutionalise 'formalised political unsettlement'. It argues that human rights commitments can facilitate entry points for the creation of an inclusive political order and suggests a novel approach to the implementation of human rights measures. In so doing, the report responds to calls from development and peacebuilding actors for more politically smart tactics with regard to intervention in fragile and conflict-affected states.