Thursday, October 3, 2013 (3:15-4:45pm)



Twenty years ago, the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action (VDPA) drew connections between the right to development, democracy and human rights. Part I, paragraph 10 states: "The World Conference on Human Rights reaffirms the right to development, as established in the Declaration on the Right to Development, as a universal and inalienable right and an integral part of fundamental human rights.” Issues of state accountability, transparency, and participation emerged as critical to facilitate democratic governance and the realization of human rights. Activists and academics alike have pointed to direct links between transparent political and economic policies and their implementation and the accountability of governments at the local and national levels, which can either inhibit or enable the realization of human rights.

The panel will explore the shifts that have occurred over the last twenty years with regard to democracy, development and human rights. Emphasis will be placed on the current issues related to the increasing role of the surveillance state, fiscal austerity, resistance movements like the Arab Spring, and the shifting geo-political relations impacting the right the development.