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International Legal Instruments Addressing Good Governance

International Legal Instruments Addressing Good Governance

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International Legal Instruments Addressing Good Governance
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This report analyzes the main international legal instruments agreed under the auspices of the UN addressing good governance or aspects of it. The objective of this initiative was tostudy how widely the principles of good urban governance, as defined under the GlobalCampaign on Urban Governance, are agreed in international legally binding conventions.One test of good governance depends largely on the degree to which it delivers on thepromise of human rights (civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights). Therefore, thefocus of this report is on international human rights law, with a specific focus on the goodurban governance principles of equity, civic engagement, transparency and accountability. An important conclusion is that international human rights law protects a wider scope of rights to good governance than has been addressed under the Global Campaign on UrbanGovernance. This suggests an implicit international consensus on key principles of goodgovernance, even if the term “good governance” is not explicitly used.
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Prepared within the framework of the Global Campaign on Urban GovernanceSeptember 2002 
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This document was compiled by Ms. Johanna Jokinen, the focal point for legal affairs under the Global Campaign on UrbanGovernance, Urban Governance Section, Urban Development Branch. UN-HABITAT staff member comments have beenincorporated into the report following an internal consultation. The report has also benefited from the comments made bythe Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.The material used in the report are the authentic legal texts from the United Nations Treaty Collection Database, generalcomments drafted by the different treaty committees, international law books and the UN-HABITAT Concept Paper for theGlobal Campaign on Urban Governance.Copyright © United Nations 2002. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may, for sales purposes, be reproduced,stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, electrostatic, magnetic tape, mechanical,photocopying or otherwise, without prior permission in writing from the United Nations.The views expressed are those of the authors and do not necessary reflect those of the United Nations.HSIBSN

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