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The significance of economic and social rights to peace and security

This chapter traces various philosophical and legal responses to secure improved economic and social conditions at the domestic and the international level. It serves as a reminder of the centrality of just economic and social conditions to stable societies and international law's endeavours to capture and advance that centrality. The chapter also demonstrates what steps can be taken to eliminate the social and economic marginalisation that often drives conflict. It highlights the broad scope of human rights that underpins the interrelated nature of the work of the three main organs of the United Nations (UN) – the Security Council, the General Assembly and the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) – as they seek to give effect to that Organisation's efforts to maintain international peace and security, promote economic and social progress, and realise human rights.