Governance for Human Rights and Sustainable Development

The paper explores global governance and accountability modes required for realizing human rights and reaching the SDGs. One often believes that if the human rights agenda presupposes, to a greater extent, traditional hierarchical, top-down, and state-centered governance, then the sustainable development agenda looks for rather alternative non-hierarchical, bottom-up, and polycentric institutional solutions. The paper will critically analyze this position and demonstrate that diverse traditional and innovative approaches to governance and accountability should be integrated and balanced in order to create new and modify the existing multilevel and multi-actor institutional architectures indispensable for the realization of human rights and the achievement of the SDGs.