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New briefing paper on States’ shared responsibilities in advancing sustainable development

The Center for Economic and Social Rights and the Third World Network have launched a new briefing paper which highlights the relevance of States’ extraterritorial obligations in the context of the Post-2015 and Financing for Development processes. “Universal Rights, Differentiated Responsibilities: Safeguarding human rights beyond borders to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals” outlines how human rights can be used as normative framework for advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in describing the respective obligations of States to cooperate internationally to achieve development commitments.

The briefing paper, which is directed at government officials and advocates, provides several positive examples of governments which have evaluated and addressed the impacts of their policies on the enjoyment of human rights and sustainable development in other countries, and makes concrete proposals on how States should align their development commitments to their existing international human rights obligations.

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