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Sustainable Development Rights? : Human rights language in development discourse

Brok, Johanne Oline Storgaard LU (2016) MRSG31 20152
Human Rights Studies
Abstract
This paper deals with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals of 2015. I examine the role of human rights language in the Sustainable Development Agenda in order to uncover the relation between sustainable development discourse and human rights discourse. Consid-ering discourse a practice I question the position of human rights internationally. I argue that human rights language is absent in the Agenda due to the reluctance of Member States to commit to legally binding obligations. Furthermore, I argue that human rights language is a moral practice itself, which frames, represents and changes the social practice of human rights as a whole. The usefulness and effectiveness of the human rights language varies with the context due... (More)
This paper deals with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals of 2015. I examine the role of human rights language in the Sustainable Development Agenda in order to uncover the relation between sustainable development discourse and human rights discourse. Consid-ering discourse a practice I question the position of human rights internationally. I argue that human rights language is absent in the Agenda due to the reluctance of Member States to commit to legally binding obligations. Furthermore, I argue that human rights language is a moral practice itself, which frames, represents and changes the social practice of human rights as a whole. The usefulness and effectiveness of the human rights language varies with the context due to its highly politicized character and the limitations incorporated in the language and doctrine. I conclude that the Agenda and Goals could have benefitted from the use of hu-man rights language in terms of legitimizing and distributing responsibility. (Less)
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author
Brok, Johanne Oline Storgaard LU
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organization
course
MRSG31 20152
year
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L2 - 2nd term paper (old degree order)
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keywords
Mänskliga rättigheter, Sustainable Development Goals, human rights, human rights language, United Nations, international politics, post-2015 agenda
language
English
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8515999
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2016-02-16 11:41:14
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  abstract     = {This paper deals with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals of 2015. I examine the role of human rights language in the Sustainable Development Agenda in order to uncover the relation between sustainable development discourse and human rights discourse. Consid-ering discourse a practice I question the position of human rights internationally. I argue that human rights language is absent in the Agenda due to the reluctance of Member States to commit to legally binding obligations. Furthermore, I argue that human rights language is a moral practice itself, which frames, represents and changes the social practice of human rights as a whole. The usefulness and effectiveness of the human rights language varies with the context due to its highly politicized character and the limitations incorporated in the language and doctrine. I conclude that the Agenda and Goals could have benefitted from the use of hu-man rights language in terms of legitimizing and distributing responsibility.},
  author       = {Brok, Johanne Oline Storgaard},
  keyword      = {Mänskliga rättigheter,Sustainable Development Goals,human rights,human rights language,United Nations,international politics,post-2015 agenda},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Sustainable Development Rights? : Human rights language in development discourse},
  year         = {2016},
}