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E-Learning Module on Operationalizing the Right to Development in Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals

October 10 @ 12:00 am - November 6 @ 12:00 pm


nteractive E-Learning Module on Operationalizing the Right to Development in Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals



Dr. Mihir Kanade, Head of the Department of International Law and Director of the Human Rights Centre, University for Peace, Costa Rica, and

Dr. Obijiofor Aginam, Assistant Director, United Nations University International Institute for Global Health

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the University for Peace, and the United Nations University’s International Institute for Global Health are jointly offering a free four-week interactive and instructor-led e-learning module to train stakeholders on the normative, theoretical and practical importance of and mechanisms for operationalizing the Right to Development in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Course Description

On 25 September 2015, at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit held in New York, world leaders unanimously adopted a new and ambitious global plan of action for replacing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which ran their course in 2015. This new global agenda, entitled “Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, seeks to usher in an era in which sustainable development becomes a lived reality for everyone. In order to realize its objectives, the agenda incorporates 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which are accompanied by 169 targets to be achieved by 2030. The adoption of the 2030 Agenda along with the SDGs provide an excellent platform for elevating the right to development (RTD) to a higher threshold in policy making and research, and thereby enhancing its impact in development practice. It also presents a significant impetus in terms of operationalizing this right in the implementation of the SDGs, with a view to realizing both the RTD and the SDGs in a mutually reinforcing manner. The RTD can be a guiding force to ensure that SDG implementation is carried out in accordance with human rights obligations, including the RTD.

Contextualized in the interface between the RTD and the SDGs, this four-week interactive e-learning module is aimed specifically at operationalizing the RTD in the implementation of the SDGs. It is intended to contribute to implementing the SDGs, through specific application of the RTD, especially its international dimensions vis -à-vis SDG 17 and global partnership. The module will be based on, and rigorous in its application of the text of the UN Declaration on the Right to Development and other international human rights instruments as well as on the text of the 2030 Agenda.

Course Outline

The module begins in the first week with a comprehensive introduction to the origins, history and institutional development of the Right to Development, its normative framework, as well as general linkages with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In the next three weeks, the module delves into some of the specific themes addressed in the SDGs and explores how the RTD framework can be operationalized to better realize the SDGs.

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October 10 @ 12:00 am
November 6 @ 12:00 pm
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