EU: We report back – Hungarian MEP says human rights-based approach is crucial at both the policy and the programming level
In a recording from MRG's Challenges of Development Cooperation in EU New Member States Conference (held in Budapest in September 2011) Zita Gurmai, Member of the European Parliament, says mainstreaming human rights is a political obligation and a must to successful development policy. The human rights-based approach is also important to improve women’s lives through development cooperation. The MEP says MRG’s publication Integration of the Human Rights-based Approach into Development Policies: A Guide for the New EU Member States is a very useful tool for her own work.
On the occasion of two New EU Member States holding the EU Presidency in 2011, followed by Cyprus in 2012 and Lithuania in 2013, MRG's conference aimed to provide opportunities for decision makers, experts and NGOs to exchange EU presidency experiences of development cooperation and reflect on new approaches and challenges in development policy and programming.
The conference shared examples of the Human Rights Based Approach (HRBA) to development from old donor countries, new EU member states and the Global South.