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Understanding the role of the national human rights institutions in implementing the sustainable development agenda : the case of Europe

Kaşkaval Okyay, Ezgi
This thesis aims to analyze the role of the European National Human Rights Institutions in global governance through the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. Throughout the research it has been observed that NHRIs are evolving and academic works lag behind capturing their expanding role. Within this context, this thesis attempts to understand the possible contribution of NHRIs to the implementation and follow-up process of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Throughout the thesis National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) and their expanding role will be analyzed in a historical context and different types of NHRIs located in Europe will be examined. Also, the linkages between the Sustainable Development Agenda and the human rights will be examined within the context of Merida Declaration 2015. In this context, this thesis suggests that Sustainable Development Agenda and human rights are mutually reinforcing. Also, the European NHRIs are important actors in filling global governance gaps regarding SDG implementation process.