United Nations World Conference on Human Rights: the interdependence of development and the constitutional order

The United Nations convened its first World Conference on Human Rights in Teheran in 1968, with 84 nations participating.

At that conference, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) presented the important and well-developed recommendations of the World Assembly for Human Rights, which ICJ Secretary General Sean MacBride had co-chaired in Montreal, Canada earlier that year.

Now, twenty-five years later, the United Nations will convene its second World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna and approximately 180 nations will participate. The General Assembly of the United Nations has stated that one of its goals is “ to examine the relationship between development and the enjoyment by everyone of economic, social, and cultural rights as well as civil and political rights.”

This submission seeks to stress the crucial significance of linking the progressive realization of international human rights and development.

UN world conference on human rights-conference report-1993-eng (full text in English, PDF)

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