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Monitoring development and human rights? A project for handling the challenge.

  • Academic Journal
  • Statistical Journal of the UN Economic Commission for Europe. 2001, Vol. 18 Issue 2/3, p275. 9p.
  • Abstract. This paper summarizes the main outcomes of the international Conference on "Statistics, Development and Human Rights" (Montreux, 4-8 September 2000), which revealed the enormous potential that statistical methods offer for improving monitoring of human development and reporting on human rights issues. The Montreux Conference was characterised by a multidisciplinary and cross-institutional approach, bringing together statisticians, development experts and human rights practitioners. Its conclusions translated the "spirit of Montreux" into a concrete program of action. Thus in the course of the last months a network of more that 50 academic institutions, international organisations, national statistical institutes and NGOs agreed to launch an independent international project: the "Development and Human Rights Observatory" (DHR-O). The objective of this project is to strengthen mechanisms and methods for monitoring development and human rights. It intends to facilitate, organise and implement interdisciplinary policy-oriented research, training programs and technical assistance to institutional building. In its present stage of development, DHR-O is focusing on three core areas: i) use of statistical methods, indicators and qualitative analysis for human rights reporting; ii) design, testing and pilot application of rights-based development indicators; and iii) design and evaluation of statistical tools for monitoring democracy and governance. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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