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In considering the sustainable nature of any society, the fundamental importance of human rights along with a number of other key features is widely recognised. These features include freedom of speech, social justice and participative democracy.They also include minimum standards in healthcare, education, health and safety at work, and the quality of the environment.

Global Human Development Reports incorporating HD Index - http://hdr.undp.org/xmlsearch/reportSearch?y=*&c=g&t=*&k=


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Ethics

Institute for Global Ethics - http://www.globalethics.org/

The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics offers articles and other resources on global ethics including peace making, human rights, immigration, intervention, etc. http://www.scu.edu/ethics/practicing/focusareas/global_ethics/

Values: http://www.uia.org/values/valcom_bodies.php?kap=5

 

 

 

Education


UNESCO - http:www.unesco.org/education
UNESCO leads the global Education for All movement, aiming to meet the learning needs of all children, youth and adults by 2015.

 

 
   

Human Rights

UN Declaration of Human Rights - http://www.un.org/Overview/rights.html

Universal Human Rights Network - http://www.universalrights.net/


Gender

Human Rights Watch: Women's rights - http://www.hrw.org/women/


 

 

Health and wellbeing

World Health Organisation - http://www.who.int/en/

Center for International Health Information. Pan American Health Association. World Health Organization. Red Cross. Country Health Summary Profiles. http://www.rmis.com/sites/interhealt.php?mcat=International&scat=Health&keyw=Center%20for%20Internat

Resources
2005, Sustainable Development Research Network (SDRN) Discussion Paper Wellbeing: Concepts and Challenges , (pdf) UK.

 

 

 

Political systems

Union of International Associations (UIA) - http://www.uia.be/
the world’s oldest, biggest and most comprehensive source of information on global civil society. Databases and publications cover many aspects of international organizations – their history, organization and meetings, and the problems and methods with which they work [more]. The main entry point for all databases is: www.uia.org/db.

 

Overseas Development Institute , Mapping Political Context A Toolkit for Civil Society Organisations (pdf), Rapid Research and Policy in Development

 

Social Justice

openDemocracy - http://www.opendemocracy.net/
'Free thinking for the world' -'the leading independent website on global current affairs - free to read, free to participate, free to the world... ...offering stimulating, critical analysis, promoting dialogue and debate on issues of global importance and linking citizens from around the world. openDemocracy is committed to human rights and democracy. We aim to ensure that marginalised views and voices are heard. We believe facilitating argument and understanding across geographical boundaries is vital to preventing injustice'.

Sociology Guide: Social Justice -
http://www.sociologyguide.com/weaker-section-and-minorities/Social-Justice.php

Defining Social Justice by Michael Novak Copyright (c) 2000 First Things (December 2000).
http://www.firstthings.com/article.php3?id_article=2702
Friedrich Hayek, among whose many contributions to the twentieth century was a sustained and animated put-down of most of the usages of the term “social justice.” ... In trying to understand social justice in our own time, there is no better place to start than with the man who, in his own intellectual life, exemplified the virtue whose common misuse he so deplored.

The International Forum for Social Development - an initiative of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs to bring together personalities from Governments, international and regional organizations, the private sector and civil society for an informal dialogue on global issues of development and social progress.
Social Justice in an Open World: The Role of the United Nations