The United Nations General Assembly held a high-level event on the Contributions of Human Rights and the Rule of Law in the Post-2015 Development Agenda at the United Nations headquarters in New York on 9 and 10 June.
Upon invitation by the President of the General Assembly, IACA’s Dean, Martin Kreutner, took part as a panelist in the first multi-stakeholder discussion on exploring the contributions of human rights and the rule of law in supporting national and international efforts towards poverty eradication and sustainable development.
In his presentation, Mr. Kreutner, emphasized the necessity to make good governance, including strong and stable anti-corruption regimes, an explicit component of the post-2015 responsive framework.
“It is impossible to look at corruption through any lens and miss the intrinsic link to human rights and development. All Sustainable Development Goals at stake run the risk of being severely undermined by corruption. On the other hand, good governance including a strong anti-corruption commitment can be a most essential anchor and lighthouse of national and international efforts towards poverty eradication and sustainable development”, he stated.
In response to financial constraints in times of a global financial crisis, he called for alternative ways of funding strategies, e.g., by promoting the let crime pay principle: “Member States may give special consideration to contributing a percentage of the money or a corresponding value of proceeds of crime or property confiscated to this cause. We are aware of the limitations, but if only a single-digit percentage of these criminal proceeds could eventually be dedicated and facilitated accordingly, anti-corruption and development programmes would be well-funded for decades and poverty eradication soon a worry of the past.”
He was joined on the panel by the Honourable Asha-Rose Migiro (Tanzanian Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs), Christoph Strässer (German Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Development Aid), Nicholas Lusiani (Director of Human Right in Development at the Center for Economic and Social Affairs), and Irene Khan (Director-General of the International Development Law Organization), the moderator.
The room also had a chance to hear from Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, on some of the challenges encountered in setting policy and the normative framework for development.
IACA has been an observer to the United Nations General Assembly since 16 December 2013, by virtue of UNGA Resolution 68/122.