The International Institute for Rights and Development –Geneva (IRD–Geneva), is a Swiss non-profit organization NGO established in June 2010 with the aim to enhance and support the post-2015 development agenda and human rights by linking human rights and development according to The Millennium Declaration, adopted by the General Assembly in the year 2000.
The United Nations General Assembly’s High-level Plenary Meeting on the Millennium Development Goal’s in 2010 (The MDG’s Summit) reaffirmed that common fundamental values, including freedom, equality, solidarity, tolerance, respect for all human rights, respect for nature and shared responsibility, are essential for achieving the MDG’s.
IRD–Geneva’s strategy is to enhance and support the legitimate demands of the people for freedom from fear and want, for a voice in their own societies, and for a life of dignity. By developing an understanding of everyone’s common responsibility to make human rights a reality in each community through education and public awareness, IRD–Geneva aims to stimulate progress towards a more equitable and sustainable world. Human rights education promotes values, beliefs and attitudes that encourage all individuals to uphold their own rights and those of others. IRD–Geneva overreaching objective is to promote social and global justice through human rights. While we recognize the interdependence and indivisibility of all human rights, our special focus is on economic, social and cultural rights, which advocate for essential values of life of dignity including the right to food, education, water, health, housing, social security, integrity, and work.