Human Rights-based Approach to Health and Environment : report of a regional seminar, Bangkok, Thailand, 20-21 August 2007
AbstractHuman rights present a new and unique way to approach development questions. The human rights-based approach aims to ensure that development programmes and projects are designed to improve human well-being. Within the UN system, the human rights-based approach to development has been defined by a common understanding between UN agencies, which makes human rights the guiding principles of "all development cooperation and programming in all sectors and in all phases of the programming process."1 This holistic approach helps overcome the specialization that has made it difficult to respond to problems that do not fall neatly into one jurisdiction. Public health, for instance, has been considered the exclusive concern of ministries of health, whereas environmental affairs have fallen into the jurisdiction of the ministries of environment. Environmental health is one significant cross-cutting issue that is in danger of falling through the gaps between administrative and disciplinary boundaries.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2008). Human Rights-based Approach to Health and Environment : report of a regional seminar, Bangkok, Thailand, 20-21 August 2007. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/205298