Dr Steven Jensen, of the Danish Institute for Human Rights, will discuss sustainable development goals, inequality and the UN human rights mechanisms.  

Since the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015, there has been increased attention to the nexus between human rights and development and on inequality (within and between countries). This is now also visible in the work of the various UN human rights mechanisms. Based on new data made available by The Danish Institute for Human Rights through the recently launched SDG-Human Rights Data Explorer, the talk will explore how the UN human rights mechanisms have been engaging with the SDG Framework and with the issue of inequality in their recommendations and concluding observations.

Steven L. B. Jensen is a Senior Researcher at The Danish Institute for Human Rights. Before joining the Danish Institute in 2007, he held positions with the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and with UNAIDS based in Geneva.  He has worked extensively with topics such as HIV/AIDS, national human rights institutions and development. He holds a PhD from the University of Copenhagen and is the author of The Making of International Human Rights. The 1960s, Decolonization and the Reconstruction of Global Values (CUP 2016) which in 2017 won the prizes both for Best Book on Human Rights and Best Book on International Organisation from the International Studies Association. Among his most recent publications is a co-edited volume Histories of Global Inequality: New Perspectives (Palgrave Macmillan 2019). He is a visiting researcher at the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights during the autumn 2019.