Ships Passing in the Night: The Current State of the Human Rights and Development Debate seen through the Lens of the Millennium Development Goals

@article{Alston2005ShipsPI,
  title={Ships Passing in the Night: The Current State of the Human Rights and Development Debate seen through the Lens of the Millennium Development Goals},
  author={Philip Alston},
  journal={Human Rights Quarterly},
  year={2005},
  volume={27},
  pages={755 - 829}
}
  • Philip Alston
  • Published 1 August 2005
  • Political Science
  • Human Rights Quarterly
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are the most prominent initiative on the global development agenda and have a great deal in common with human rights commitments. But neither the human rights nor development communities has embraced this linkage with enthusiasm or conviction. This article explores the reasons why the two agendas resemble ships passing in the night, even though they are both headed for very similar destinations. The empirical evidence examined includes analyses prepared… 

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