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Climate change, justice and the right to development
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology.
2011 (English)In: Journal of Global Ethics, ISSN 1744-9626, Vol. 7, no 3, 251-260 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The primary human rights documents of the United Nations claim that every human has a right to development, a right that also includes continuous improvement of each person's living conditions. On one interpretation, this implies a right to a never-ending improvement of living conditions. According to the author, this interpretation faces several counterintuitive implications. First, it seems reasonable that we cannot have a right to improvement without regard to environmental sustainability; improvements must instead focus on well-being, a concept that is partially unrelated to material improvements. Second, if development is a human right, there are several distributional problems with this right. The paper discusses three different responses to the idea that everybody has a right to continuous improvement and concludes that the best solution is to reject the idea that everyone has such a right. This does not imply that we must reject a right to a certain minimum level of well-being; it just means that this right cannot include claims for never-ending improvement.

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Routledge Journals, Taylor & Francis , 2011. Vol. 7, no 3, 251-260 p.
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rights, development, climate change, justice, sustainability, basic needs
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-208235OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-208235DiVA: diva2:651421
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