International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde on Thursday urged better global policy cooperation and economic reforms that could help tackle specific challenges in both advanced and emerging market economies.After the outbreak of the financial crisis, there is "really intensive" global cooperation in policy making between 20, but after the crisis abated and global economy embarked on recovery, the degree of urgency calling for cooperation has diminished, Lagarde told reporters.In 2000, as part of the Millennium Development Goals, governments committed to Goal 8 on a Global Partnership for Development.While the other 7 goals dealt with issues that were measurable at the domestic level (percentage of people in poverty, maternal mortality rates, etc.) the Global Partnership for Development was meant to address areas where international cooperation was seen as necessary to make progress towards the goals.But, what were the consequences for human rights and capabilities of how such international cooperation was conceptualized in MDG 8, and of the targets and indicators that were attached to it as representative of progress?The mere attempt to craft a goal on Global Partnership represents, in and of itself, the quite ambitious task to capture and give shape to an elusive dimension of international human rights norms and principles, namely, the duty of all states to cooperate.
Since targets and indicators were agreed later, it is not far-fetched to imagine that, with the adequate amount of political, a more comprehensive set of targets and indicators could have been attached to MDG 8, building on the consensus reached in The most costly omission from not relying on the more comprehensive Monterrey Consensus framework for targets and indicators was, perhaps, the lack of references to financial regulation, an item that a chapter of the Monterrey Consensus on systemic issues had targeted.
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Recognized in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as everyones right to a social and international order in which the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration can be fully realized, this dimension keeps appearing in international human rights instruments and, yet, drawing indicators that can help gauge implementation continues to prove elusive.
But, beyond the similarity of ambition that links MDG 8 to human rights references to something akin to an international partnership, the reality is that in MDG 8, as was the case with other MDGs, the choice of targets and indicators severely damaged the potential of the framework to serve the achievement of human rights.