Human Rights and Sustainable Development Working Group




The Working Group on ‘Human Rights and Sustainable Development’ (Working Group) explores the legal, policy and operational links between human rights and sustainable development, focusing on the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular SDG 16. It will also be looking into issues through a COVID-19 lens.

The Working Group will carry out several activities, including launching a knowledge platform, organizing a series of webinars, and contributing to reports and knowledge products on the integration of human rights perspectives into development work. These activities will be implemented in light of the Working Group’s three principal objectives:

  • Deepening the understanding of the normative and operational links between the international human rights framework and the SDGs;
  • Researching methodological advances in human rights measurement, including human rights indicators and human rights due diligence; and
  • Analyzing donor and partner country approaches to integrating human rights in development cooperation.


Senior Counsel, Legal Vice Presidency
World Bank

Director, Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, KU Leuven


Human Rights and Development Officer
Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs

Deputy Director, Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, KU Leuven

Program Manager, Social Sustainability and Inclusion, World Bank

Senior Program Officer for the Human Rights Inclusion and Empowerment Trust Fund, World Bank

Consultant, Social Sustainability and Inclusion Global Practice




Alberto Garcia Picture

  Dr. Alberto Garcia
UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights
David Satola
  David Satola
Lead Counsel, Innovation & Technology, World Bank
Miriam Stankovich Picture   Dr. Miriam Stankovich
Senior Digital Policy Specialist