What is Human Rights-Based Approach (HRBA)?
A human rights-based approach (HRBA) is fundamental to achieving sustainable development & social change so that nobody is left behind. HRBA is a conceptual framework that:
- equates development to the realization of all human rights for all
- is based on international human rights standards and aims to promote and protect human rights
- views development as human development and socio-economic development
- emphasizes a more holistic, participatory and accountable process – not only results
- identifies rights holders and duty bearers and their capacities
- reinforces progress towards gender equality
The elements of HRBA include:
- Participation and inclusion
- Accountability and transparency
- Non-discrimination and equality
- Links to human rights
Sustainable Development Goals and human rights
A human rights-based approach is fundamental to achieving sustainable development and social change. It leads to better and more sustainable human development outcomes and requires viewing situations and challenges through a holistic lens guided by international human rights principles and standards.