At the World Economic Forum in Davos this weekend, the climate seemed one reticent about free-market principles in light of muddied financial waters across the world. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon described a “Green New Deal,” a deal that calls for a revised approach to fixing the economic crisis – one that focuses not only on rebuilding our financial base, but strengthening and focusing on needed human and environmental growth.
She summarized the following ideas as priorities in this round of Moon’s new deal:
- sustainable development that includes human development (see, for example, the Millennium Development Goals);
- the interdependence of civil and political rights and economic, social, and cultural rights; and
- the need for mandatory and voluntary mechanisms to ensure the responsibility and accountability of private business and financial enterprises.
I like particularly how she ended her entry:
The central motive of the human rights movement, however, is the belief that these rights [those listed above] are core human values whether or not they are always economically efficient.
Just some food for thought about how a human rights agenda can be (and should be) made an integral part of the international political economy.